It's not often I write two posts in a week... but yesterday was an incredible day. We're working on a wonderful project on the south coast where we are planning to reconstruct a huge, defunct industrial site and create a dramatic new series of marine yacht basins lined with tall apartment buildings that draw inspiration from the great mercantile and naval ports of the 18th and 19th centuries.
We are starting, together with our client and the team, to make a series of visits to these precedents and yesterday we went to the Historic Naval Dockyard at Chatham, in Kent. Here are buildings from every decade of the 18th and 19th century - starting in 1704 and running through 200 years of the great age of military building. All are being beautifully preserved by the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, and it's not often you see an organisation doing such an intelligent, careful, thoughtful job as to how to maintain and keep alive the spirit and character of such a massive site.
Our tour guide was Jonathan Coad, the renowned expert on Naval Military History, and author of the massive tome, Support for the Fleet, which is one of the books I most enjoyed buying for the office Library last year.
You must visit for yourself. But here are a few photographs.