Building a Better Future Project

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Emmaus Dover is based at the Archcliffe Fort in Dover town centre. It has a rich history as a military Fort that dates back to Napoleon times. 

Archcliffe Fort as a historic site has been left to neglect and is crumbling and is under assessment for “At Risk Register” by Historic England.  It is owned by the English Heritage and site was leased to Emmaus Dover in 1995 on a grounds and maintenance lease for a period of 99.  The site is a unique location with amazing views over the port, town of Dover, the English Channel and unique views of the castle. 

The Building a Better Future project was created following a structural report of our site in 2016. The report found that our main warehouse building was failing and has since been condemned by a structural engineer. This report led us to reflect and define our greater role and opportunity to make a difference in the wider community in Dover.  We saw it as an opportunity to provide the companions with a greater purpose, a task that will aid their recovery, to access and gain skills and abilities this in turn has the knock on effect of building self confidence in companions and will in turn increase their employability, as well as promoting the reuse and “Upcycling” of materials that would otherwise end up in landfill. It is also an opportunity to develop the site as a whole to make it a place for people to come and enjoy the amazing views and learn about History of Dover and the Fort.

Planning permission was granted by Dover District Council on September 2019 and Ancient Monument Consent was granted on 23rd April 2019.

The project will be delivered in four phases, each of which will need to be completed before the next stage can begin to ensure minimum disruption and financial impact to the day to day running of the charity.

Phase One

Build a new workshop for repairing and upscaling furniture for resale and refurbish existing workshop space to become new warehouse, Pat Testing area and storage.

Phase Two

Demolish existing (condemned) warehouse building and replace with new extended retail space, IT training room, accessible visitor toilets and seating area.

Phase Three

Upgrade parking area, access roads and walkways to increase number of parking spaces and improve access.

Phase Four

Work with English Heritage and Historic England to repair and make safe the Gatehouse and Arch and create a range of facilities to enable visitors to learn and understand the rich history and heritage of the Archcliffe Fort.

We would like to raise £230,000 to fund Phase One of the project. Any support you are able to offer, no matter what size, will be gratefully received. 

Thank you for supporting Emmaus Dover. 

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