SEVERNDROOG CASTLE - RESTORATION & DESIGN
Reviving the past..
ABOUT THE DESIGN
KSA was approached to refine the design and submit final stage drawings for the planning of the external steel features of the project. This involved design and fabrication / construction details for all the steel railings and entrance handrails. KSA also undertook the 3D survey for the topography around the sites boundary to receive the new security railings on its perimeter, using the new LEICA disto 3d
Original designs concieved by Thomas Ford & Partners
Severndroog Castle is a folly situated in Oxleas Wood, on Shooter's Hill in south-east London in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It was designed by architect Richard Jupp in 1784
It was built to commemorate Commodore Sir William James who, in April 1755, attacked and destroyed the island fortress of Suvarnadurg (then rendered in English: Severndroog) of the Maratha Empire on the western coast of India, between Mumbai and Goa. James died in 1783 and the castle was built
as a memorial to him by his widow, Lady James of Eltham.
A Grade II* listed building, the Gothic-style castle is 63 feet (19 m) high and
triangular in section, with a hexagonal turret at each corner. From its elevated
position, it offers views across London, with features in seven different
counties visible on a clear day.
In 2002, the Trust sought assistance from the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) who advised on the steps needed to take to acquire the building and funds to restore it.
After becoming a Building Preservation Trust, the team commissioned Purcell Miller Tritton to conduct a feasibility study which was funded by public donations and an Awards for All lottery grant.
The Feasibility Study showed that the proposals for the building were viable so an application was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and English Heritage in 2005 for a proportion of the restoration costs. As part of stage one of the HLF bid, the Trust commissioned three specialist reports: an Audience Development Plan, an Access Audit Plan and a Conservation Management Plan.
The HFL and English Heritage awarded the Trust £15,900 and £5,000 respectively in late 2008 for a development plan which was used to fund the architect costs involved in submitting a stage two bid application.
Severndroog castle website