No.1 Martello Tower

The Martello Tower number 1 is situated just outside the centre of Folkestone and is one of the original 73 brick built towers constructed along the Kent and East Sussex coastline in the early 19th Century to protect against the threat of invasion from Napoleon’s French forces.

Our solution

The Tower is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and had been partially converted into a dwelling. Our clients purchased the tower with the works incomplete and with scope to improve upon the internal arrangements to fully utilise the unique features of this building.

The process has involved careful negotiations and a design process working with Historic England to obtain the necessary approvals to allow the conversion to be completed. This has required a series of detail drawings and visualisations that demonstrate how the full potential of this building can be realised.

The results

The key to the proposals is re-forming the floor structures at the gun platform level to provide additional floorspace around the original gun platform and parapet and also provide a split level seating area and viewing balcony to a new upper floor constructed by the previous owners. The space would make the best use of the glazed openings which when formed will provide 360º views to this floor and a greater appreciation of the original structure.