The WW2 Red Sands Fort Could Become A Luxury Hotel
Are you a history buff? Do you just enjoy visiting historical sites? Well, if you are one that is all for digging into the history of an area and admires the cultural&historical importance of sites, then you would like to know that the Red Sands fort off the coast of Ken that was built to defend against the German navy and Luftwaffe, is rumoured to be turned into a luxury hotel.
Fun Fact: In its history, the Red Sands fort has shot down 22 Nazi warplanes, more than 30 V1 flying bombs and sunk one submarine.
The structure was built in 1943, using the concept of several connecting platforms to form one big fort. The idea was to place anti-aircraft guns (called Maunsell Forts after their wartime designer Guy Maunsell) within the bizarre structure to welcome any raids from the German across the English Channel.
If you are wondering where exactly is it built, it is seven miles off the Kent coast near Whitstable. Other than being the welcoming party to the Germans during the war period, the fort also played host to pirate radio stations in the 1960s. They broadcast hits that were deemed to risqué for the conventional public stations.
Retired businessman David Marriot Cooper has a vision to turn this now rusted piece of history that seems more like something out a H.G Wells sci-fi novel, into a luxury hotel and spa. The location would also provide a new heritage museum.
The idea came to Mr. Cooper when a chance meeting at a bar ignited the thought provoking sentiment of preserving the forts. Mr. Cooper would much prefer to have a “project which keeps the integrity of the towers as they are, rather than seeing them knocked down.”
The retired businessman has also approached hotel developers, the Port of London Authority and Crown Estates to further explore the idea. He further enlisted the help of Aros Architects from London, who have conjured up some ideas for the site, such as a helipad and command tower in the center, as well as using bridges to connect the tower forts.
The plans are predicted to have more than 40 rooms, including standard, penthouse and executive suites, with plans to restore the searchlight tower to its former glory as a heritage museum of its era.
Spitbank Fort, The Solent is another fort that has previously been converted in a similar way. According to Mr. Cooper, the rooms there can go for as much as £800 a night.
It is definitely an intriguing thought, provoking whimsical amusement as well as a sense of respect for historical integration. Not forgetting the past, but continuously moving forward towards the future. Staying in a sci-fi like structure off the coast that would boast luxurious amenities, well, all I can say is "Beam me up, Scotty".
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