Initially constructed for King Henry Vlll in Walmer, Kent as part of The King’s defence programme to protect from invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire, Walmer Castle is now a tourist attraction for visitors of all ages. Since the 18th century is has been the official residence of the Lord Warden of Cinque Ports, appointed by the Queen, previous Lord Wardens have included The Duke of Wellington, Lord Granville and the Queen Mother.
Walmer Castle, managed by English Heritage, is open to the public. It has extensive grounds which include woodland and a Glen. Previously an old chalk pit, the Glen, is undergoing works to improve physical access by way of footpaths, steps and interesting routes for the public to enjoy. In addition within the grounds a new education centre, café and children’s play area is being created to improve the visitor experience. Our team has provided project management services during the design development phase.
With support from our building surveying team, the project was successful in receiving Heritage Lottery Funding to help cover the cost of the new facilities. Extensive surveys were commissioned which included understanding the ecology and archaeological potential of the landscape at Walmer Castle.