Video footage of the Big Bang to launch Fort Nelson £3.5m Development - Tuesday, 10 November 2009
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Cannon fire and spectacular pyrotechnic effects ensured the long-awaited redevelopment project went off with a “bang” as demolition works starts at the Victorian fort, high on Portsdown Hill, near Fareham.
The “explosion” scheduled for 12 noon on Tuesday, 10th November triggered the controlled demolition of a modern bungalow, adjacent to the staff car park at the Fort.
The demolition is the first stage of a major revamp at the Royal Armouries Museum – home to the national collection of artillery and historic cannon – and will see enhanced visitor facilities, galleries and state-of-the-art education facilities.
Part funded by a grant of almost £2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project.
Media coverage of the “Big Bang” – Fort Nelson
BBC National TV/Radio
A World War II Sexton self-propelled gun is used to demolish a bungalow at a Portsmouth fort to mark the site’s redevelopment.
BBC South Today
Work has begun on a multi-million pound re-development of Fort Nelson in Portsmouth, which houses the artillery collection of the Royal Armouries.