Kent Life - - The Insider’s Guide -

More than 90 of the UK’s most im­pres­sive and com­mu­nity ben­e­fi­cial prop­erty schemes bat­tled it out for top hon­ours at the RICS (Royal In­sti­tu­tion of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors) Awards Grand Fi­nal, where Com­mand of the Oceans in Chatham (above) was named the best Tourism & Leisure built project in the UK.

The pres­ti­gious an­nual con­test cel­e­brates the UK’s most in­spi­ra­tional ini­tia­tives in the land, prop­erty and con­struc­tion sec­tors that are hav­ing a sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive im­pact on the com­mu­ni­ties they serve.

Com­mand of the Oceans in Chatham won the Tourism & Leisure & Project of the Year award at the RICS Awards, South East back in May. At the Grand Fi­nal, it faced tough com­pe­ti­tion from 12 other re­gional Tourism & Leisure award win­ners, in­clud­ing Ti­tanic Ho­tel, Belfast, Wy­lam Brew­ery in New­cas­tle, World of Wedg­wood in Stoke-on-Trent and Falls of Shin in Lairg, Scot­land.

Com­mand of the Oceans is the unique con­ser­va­tion and re-use of sev­eral his­toric build­ings at The His­toric Dock­yard Chatham. The project has trans­formed the site, with the con­struc­tion of new gal­leries, café spa­ces and a new en­trance.

Hous­ing im­por­tant ex­hibits such as

‘the ship be­neath the floor’, this am­bi­tious project is a Kent cham­pion for pro­gres­sive con­ser­va­tion, in­ven­tive re-use and the adap­ta­tion of ex­ist­ing fab­ric.

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