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Re: Sheerness Dockyard Sale
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2016, 16:39:42 »
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« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2016, 16:38:44 »
H.M. DOCKYARD
SHEERNESS


Section 4. Coloured Orange on Plan.
Area: Approx: 4.27 Acres.
Floor Space: 30,000 Sq. ft. approx.

Workshops and Industrial Land
Allowing for future expansion with extensive boundary wall to the road along the north side of the Dockyard

Buildings:  The buildings in the main comprise:

Bldg. No.DescriptionApprox. floor spaceApprox height
89.Workshop.  Two storey brick and slate; concrete ground floor, cast iron framed, stone flagged first floor.4,800
90.Workshop.  Single storey steel framed and brick with boarded and slated roof, fitted glazed upstand and runs of glazing, on steel trusses; concrete and wood block floor; double entrance doors at either side, 14’ wide x 16’ high; overhead travelling crane.7,300 26’6”
91.Stores.  Single storey brick with composite tie rod truss roof, covered slates.1,200
92.Store.  Single storey timber and felted hut.960
93.Workshop.  Single storey, steel framed, corrugated iron with wood truss roof covered corrugated asbestos; double entrance doors 9’ wide x 9’6” high.2,000
95.Workshop. Single storey brick and steel framed with steel truss roof in two spans; boarded and slated fitted glazing; concrete floor; double timber doors 6’6” wide x 8’6” high; gallery floor to part.6,85021’0”
96.Raised concrete platform covered corrugated iron.
97.Workshops & Store.  Single storey brick with steel truss roof, covered slates and boarded with apex glazing; concrete floor; 2 pairs of double doorway entrances, 18’ wide x 12’9”.1,75017’9” (centre bay)
98.Store. Single storey brick with trussed roof covered felt, tiles and slates.1,89011’0”
99.Store.  Single storey steel framed, open fronted structure with ends and rear covered corrugated iron; steel truss covered corrugated asbestos roof.2,340
100.Store. Single storey construction with steel truss boarded and slated roof; concrete floor; set of double doors 9’ wide x 12’ high.1,065

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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2016, 16:20:13 »
H.M. DOCKYARD
SHEERNESS


Section 3. Coloured Pink on Plan.
Area: Approx: 8.50 Acres.
Floor Space: 144,500 Sq. ft. approx.

Industrial and Stores Buildings
With Boat house, Stores and Workshops, equipped Boiler House and Generator House, together with
BOAT BASIN about 280-ft. x 200-ft. (24-ft.6ins. depth of water) entrance some 99-ft. wide.
TWO DRY DOCKS 290-ft. x 50-ft. and 58-ft. Depth of water 20-ft. and 15-ft. respectively.
CONCRETE SLIPWAY 275-ft. x 23-ft. (50-ft. cradle).  Extensive Wharfage to river Medway.
Travelling Cranes to Dry Docks and River Medway.

Buildings:  The buildings in the main comprise:

Bldg. No.DescriptionApprox. floor spaceApprox height
75.Offices.  Single storey brick with flat concrete roof; concrete floor.1,390
76.Offices & Lecture room.  Two storey brick with flat concrete roof; concrete ground floor, boarded first floor.1,160 
77.Stores & Offices.  Two storey brick and slate construction.21,300
78.Boat House.  Ground and 3 upper floors on 2 sides of central lofty bay, 44’6” wide; iron framed, part brick and part corrugated iron, lined internally and fitted glazing; double door entrance at either end of central bay.80,00042’0”(centre bay)
79.North Diesel Engine House.  Single storey brick with flat concrete roof and concrete floor; double door entrance.2,27013’0”
80.Sub-Station. Single storey brick with flat concrete roof and concrete floor.1,010
82.Boiler House.  Single storey brick with slated, boarded and glazed roof on steel trusses; concrete floor; double timber entrance doors, 8’ wide x 12’ high; concrete ceiling in part with water tank above.3,04030’0”
83.Workshops & Stores.  Two storey brick and slate construction with lofty single storey centre bay; steel truss boarded and slated roof, fitted glazing; stone floor; sliding doorway entrances either end.9,30023’0” (centre bay)
84.Store. Single storey, cast iron framed construction with boarded and slated roof on tie rod trusses; concrete floor.4,84011’0”
86.Workshop. Two storey cast iron framed and brick construction, upper floor enclosed corrugated iron; corrugated asbestos trussed roof; concrete ground floor; part single storey, iron framed brick and corrugated iron with trussed roof covered slates and boarding, fitted glazing; double entrance doors.  Single storey extension of similar construction with boarded and slated roof; double door entrance, 11’ wide x 18’ high.7,84523’0”
87.Workshop. Single storey, mainly steel framed (lean-to extension timber framed), clad corrugated iron; timber truss roof, boarded and slated, part corrugated iron, fitted vertical glazing and some roof glazing; electrical overhead crane and one hand-operated crane in centre bay.11,25022’6”
88.Store. Timber and corrugated iron, partly open-fronted shed; sliding doors.930
Ancillary Buildings include latrines, North Gate House, first aid post, etc.

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« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2016, 19:23:54 »
Caissons

Basin – SHIP Shape – 1951
Fitted with Wooden Keels (on both side of Steel Keel) and Rope Sennet on Seaward.  Drysdale 70 ton per hour Snorer Pump for pumping lower sinking tank complete with starter and connections for Shore Supply.
Basin – Ship Shape – 1906
Fitted with wooden Keels (on both sides of Steel Keel) and Rope Sennet on Seaward.  Downton Pump (Manuel or electronically operated) for pumping Drainage & Seepage from Bilges.  Seacock Flooding to Air Chamber.

No.1 Dock Caisson – Box Shape
Wooden Keel one side Keel plate only.  Drysdale 75 ton Submersible pump and starter.  Fitted with lower sinking tank with suction and flooding pipes, valves, with gearing to Upper Deck.

No.2 Dock Caisson – Box Shape – 1907
Flooded by Sea Cock.  Rope Sennet on Keel.

No.3 Dock Caisson – Box Shape
Flooded by Sea cock.  Rope Sennet on Keel.

No.4 Dock Gates
Manually operated by Capstans.

No.5 Dock Caissons – Box shape
Flooded by Seacock.  Permanent piping valves & Gearing.







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« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2016, 19:15:16 »
1960:

Main Dock Pump type Allan Conqueror single suction centrifugal. Vertical spindle auto-synchronous motor drive, 1 stage.  Bore and branches suction 24”/discharge 22”.  Total head 26 ft. Capacity 3,000 tons/hr.  W. H. Allen.  1955
Main Dock Pump type Allan Conqueror single suction centrifugal. Vertical spindle auto-synchronous motor drive, 1 stage.  Bore and branches suction 24”/discharge 22”.  Total head 26 ft. Capacity 3,000 tons/hr.  W. H. Allen.  1957
Dock Drainage Pump type Vertical Spindle single suction centrifugal. Vertical spindle slipring motor drive, 1 stage.  Bore and branches suction 12”/discharge 10”.  Total head 33 ft. Capacity 450 tons/hr.  W. H. Allen.  1955
Dock Drainage Pump type Vertical Spindle single suction centrifugal. Vertical spindle slipring motor drive, 1 stage.  Bore and branches suction 12”/discharge 10”.  Total head 33 ft. Capacity 450 tons/hr.  W. H. Allen.  1957.
Fire Pump type Allen Conqueror double suction centrifugal.  Horizontal spindle synchronous motor drive, 1 stage.   Bore & Branches Suction 7”/discharge 7”.  Static head 151 ft. Total head 158 ft.  Capacity 250 tons/hr.  W. H. Allen. 1955.

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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2016, 18:04:18 »
H.M. DOCKYARD
SHEERNESS


Section 6. Coloured Light Green on Plan.
Area: Approx: 4.86 Acres.
Floor Space:  531,000 Sq. ft. approx.

SUBSTANTIAL BUILDINGS
Suitable for Office, Workshop and Storage
Purposes including a Modern Indoor Swimming Pool.
This section lies between two dockyard roads with extensive frontage thereto.
The buildings in the main comprise:

Bldg. No.DescriptionApprox. floor spaceApprox height
42 & 43.Stables & Stores.  Single storey brick with pitched, boarded and slated roof on timber trusses; stone sett or concrete floors; metal and wood sashes; divided into six sections, each with double entrance doors.5,10010’0”
44.Store.  Single storey brick and corrugated iron with pitched and lean-to, felted and boarded roof; concrete floor; wood sash windows; 2 sets of double doors 9’ wide x 10’ high..1,68015’0”
45.store, Workshops & Mess.  New, single storey, steel framed and brick with corrugated asbestos roof, lined insulation board on steel trusses; concrete floor; metal sash windows; two sets of double timber doors 5’ wide x 6’6” high.1,56010’0”
46 & 47.Workshop.  Two storey brick with asbestos tiled roof, lined boarding, fitted apex glazing, on timber trusses; Wood block on timber floor, boarded first floor on timber and steel joists; metal sash windows; 2 sets of double timber entrance doors 9’ wide x x9’ high; access to first floor by external timber staircase; loading door to first floor.2,400
48.Offices.  Single storey brick and slated construction with boarded floor,800
49.College (Suitable for Offices).  Mainly two storey, partly single storey, with brick and slated roof lined boarding; wood sash windows; concrete ground floor, boarded first floor.10,080
50.Offices.  Main section two storey brick with slated and boarded roof; concrete ground floor and boarded first floor; 2-storey extension with flat concrete roof and single storey extension with slated and boarded roof.4,140



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Section 2. Coloured Dark Green on Plan.
Area: Approx: 9.04 Acres.
Floor Space:  408,000 Sq. ft. approx.

INDUSTRIAL, WAREHOUSE & OFFICE BUILDINGS
Including H.M.S. Wildfire building, suitable for use as offices, stores and workshops, a two storey office building, multi-floored warehouse with lift and extensive single storey industrial buildings.  Overhead cranes installed and some central heating, together with
SMALL BASIN, about 200ft. x 250ft. (21ft. depth of water), entrance some 50ft. wide, and
CAMBER, about 283ft. x 99ft.6ins. and Wharfage to River Medway.
Electric travelling cranes to the Basin.  Rail siding facilities.

The buildings in the main comprise:[/center]

60.H.M.S. Wildfire (Suitable as Offices, etc.).  Brick and slated construction on basement, ground and 4 upper floors, containing 26 single rooms, 7 dormitory rooms, dining hall, 2 billiard rooms, 2 bars and recreation rooms, offices, swimming bath, changing rooms, dental department of six rooms, small chapel, commanding officer’s married quarters and a covered quadrangle about 93’ x 78’.83,370
61.Workshop.  Single storey, partly steel framed and brick construction, part clad asbestos fitted wooden sashes, with timber trussed, boarded and slated roof; concrete floor; double timber sliding doors, 12’ wide x 14’ high.3,800
62.Wash-House & Laundry.  Two storey brick with steel trussed boarded and slated roof fitted glazing; ground floor forms laundry, upper floor wash and bath house with tiled walls.4,500
62A.Drying Room.  Adjoining above.700
62B.Motor Generator House.  Single storey brick with flat concrete roof and concrete floor.700
63.Offices.  Single storey precast concrete construction.740
64.Office Block.  Brick and slate construction on basement, ground and first floors.10,980
65 & 66.Quadrangular Stores, Workshops & Offices.  Substantial brick and slate construction in quadrangular form with single storey covered central area; basement, ground and 4 upper floors with stone flagged floors on cast iron frame; loading doors to upper floors; cast iron column supports between storeys; electric lift to upper floors.220,000
67.Covered Way.  Single storey structure between Buildings 66 & 68, with composite type trussed rood covered corrugated iron and asbestos, fitted Perspex; open ended; railway siding and turntable installed.6,90023’0”
68.Workshop.  Very heavily constructed single storey brick, with composite steel trussed roof, boarded and slated, fitted glazing; concrete floor; roller shutter entrance door at one end, 18’ wide x 25’ high, and a pair of timber sliding doors at the other.  Overhead travelling cranes.29,50036’6”
68A.Store.  Single storey brick addition to above, with tie rod trussed roof covered asbestos; concrete floor; pair of sliding doors960
69.Smithery.  Single storey brick with cast iron and brick columns; cast iron roof trusses, covered slates, fitted lantern lights and glazed Perspex; concrete and part sand floor.  Front section covered by a first floor about 25’ deep, with concrete floor and steel trussed corrugated asbestos roof.  Ground floor extension of similar construction.32,18030’0”
70.Workshop. Extension to above, with hand-operated overhead crane on steel gantry and sliding doors, 13’6” wide x 15’ high.3,40030’0”
71.Store.  Single storey brick with tie rod trussed roof covered asbestos; earth floor.1,600
72.Workshop.  Single storey brick with tie rod trussed roof in 2 spans, covered corrugated asbestos on timber battens, fitted Perspex3 pairs of double doors 10’ wide x 10’ high; overhead hand-operated crane; concrete floor.4,00024’0”
73.Store.  Range of single storey brick structures with asbestos roof, forming stores with continuous cubicle type doors.2,400
74.Store.  Single storey, corrugated iron and asbestos covered stores, having double door entrances, together with an adjoining single storey section, having a flat concrete roof and concrete floor.3,000

Ancillary buildings include latrines, clocking station, trailer pump house, etc.

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Re: Sheerness Dockyard Sale
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2016, 17:42:42 »
Reading The first post here the final part mentions artesian wells (plural) this link only mentions one,just wondering if there were any more and whether it,or they, still exist?

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=18456.msg160646#msg160646

There was also Paddock Well which was opposite the Captain Superintendents House, not sure if this was an Artesian well too?  It isn't marked with a water tank, appeared after 1905 and before 1951.

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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2016, 17:34:05 »
H.M. DOCKYARD
SHEERNESS


Section 7. Coloured Yellow on Plan.
Area: Approx: 4.52 Acres.
Floor Space: 54,500 Sq. ft. approx.

Stores and Workshops
Including
Residences, Hospital and Surgery suitable for commercial use.
This section lies parallel with the High Street with an extensive frontage thereto.

Buildings:
The buildings in the main comprise:

Bldg. No.DescriptionApprox. floor spaceApprox height
31 & 32.Storage.  114’ x 113’ + 38’ x 62’.  Single storey, open-sided, 4-bay, felted and boarded roof on steel trusses and stanchions; concrete floor.18,620 15’0”
33.Store.  Single storey, timber framed with corrugated iron roof partly lined boarding; earth floor; part open sided, part weatherboarded.13,1409’0”
34.Steel framework for new building.  Two bays, 23,696 sq. ft., part lofty single storey (62’6” x 183’ to eaves), part arranged for two floors (33’6” x 183’ x 23’ to eaves).
35.Store.  Single storey, timber framed, clad matchboarding, boarded and felted roof; concrete floor; wood sash windows.1,8008’0”
36.Boiler House & Store.  Single storey, steel framed, part brick and part corrugated iron; slated and boarded roof fitted glazing; concrete floor.  Single storey brick extension with lean-to corrugated asbestos roof and concrete floor.800
37.Offices. Single storey brick with flat concrete roof and concrete floor.1,340
38.Canteen and Recreation Room.  Single Storey, concrete framed with terracotta block walls; corrugated asbestos roof lined hardboard; concrete floor and metal sash windows.4,400
39.Sick Quarters.  Two storey brick and slate construction divided into well proportioned rooms, suitable for use as offices.9,600
40.Surgery & Telephone Exchange. Single storey brick, with small basement; flat concrete roof and concrete floor, part composition finish; metal sash windows.  Surgery section divided into 6 main rooms suitable for offices.4,680
41.House. Brick and slated construction on basement, ground and two floors having some 11 rooms in all, together with similar house on ground and first floors containing some 6 rooms.4,20015’0”
Ancillary Buildings include first aid posts, mortuary, etc.

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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2016, 13:22:50 »
Yes, this well and Well House (the house next to the Well) were sunk and built in the early 1800 and also had a water tower built next to it in the early 20th century. It was next to the Sick Quarters and behind the Dockyard School (and as said previously now the site of Sheds 72 & 73). It was called 'The Navy Well' or 'Old Well'. Another Well, built in the early 20th century was called 'Le Grand or Legrand Well'. This well also had a water tower built next to it in the early 20th century and is behind 'The Steam Sawmill' and is still there today. There was also what seems to be a third Well Sunk in the 1860s which was between the where the 'Legrand Well' would later be and where the Dockyard Wall is. Two of these wells had disappeared by the mid 20th century leaving only 'The Legrand Well' there in the 1960s. Hope this helps. 

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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2016, 09:03:39 »
The second was in front of the terrace inside the dockyard, there is a warehouse there now so it may have been capped.

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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2016, 00:22:58 »
Reading The first post here the final part mentions artesian wells (plural) this link only mentions one,just wondering if there were any more and whether it,or they, still exist?

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=18456.msg160646#msg160646
To remain ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain a child......Cicero

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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2016, 19:04:46 »
HENRY BUTCHER & CO.
AUCTIONEERS, SURVEYORS & VALUERS

General

H.M. Dockyard

Sheerness, Kent
For disposal in sections or as a Whole.

Situation:
On the North Western tip of the Isle of Sheppey, at the mouth of the Rivers Thames and Medway.  50 miles east of London. 30 miles from the new Dartford – Purfleet Tunnel under the Thames.  Easily accessible to and from the main London – Coastal roads, A.2. and A. 20.

The Dockyard is within easy walking distance of Sheerness Station (Southern Region) and the line is soon to be electrified.  ‘Bus services to immediate and surrounding districts.

General:
In all, the Dockyard covers an area of some 59 ACRES with the substantial INDUSTRIAL, WAREHOUSE and OFFICE BUILDINGS having a total FLOOR SPACE of over 1,000,000 S. FT.

Waterside Sections:
Extensive deep water frontage to River Medway.  3 Boat Basins.  5 Dry Docks, 1 Slipway.  Travelling Cranes.  Concrete Yards and Roadways.  Rail Sidings.  Substantial single-storey and multi-floor buildings, some with traveling cranes and central heating.  Boiler Houses and Generator Stations.  Suitable for accommodating ships up to the size of the smaller type of Frigate.

Landside Sections:
Extensive road frontages with internal concrete yards and roads.
Substantial blocks of industrial, warehouse and office buildings together with a number of fine residences of architectural interest.  Boiler Houses.  Modern indoor Swimming Pool.  Central heating and travelling cranes in some buildings.

Services:
All main services are installed together with Fire Hydrants and Artesian Wells.



H.M. DOCKYARD
SHEERNESS


Section 1. Coloured Grey on Plan.
Area: Approx: 19.10 Acres.
Floor Space: 261,000 Sq. ft. approx..

This section has a frontage to West Street with south gate thereto, with return frontage to Rats Bay adjoining the Town Pier frontage.

Water Facilities:
Extensive tidal berthage to the River Medway with gridiron adjacent to the river front wall 183’ x 32’2” x 11’ depth of water H.W.O.S.T.
Cornwallis Jetty.  A reinforced concrete structure some 154-ft. in length north to south, with depth of water at L.W. of 20’ alongside.
Great Basin.  515’8” x 300’6”.  (280’ at northern end).  Entrance 64’8” coping, 64’1” M.H.W.S., depth of water M.H.W.S.O. 26’2”, below Tide Table 9’1”.
Graving Docks Nos. 1, 2 & 3.  Maximum length of keel blocks 220’., 227’ x 240’.  Breadth at M.H.W.S. 57’7”; 57’7” and 60’9”.  (Full details as to sizes and depth of water, etc. on application).

Railway Siding:
Railway siding connection.

Cranage:
The main buildings have cranes installed and there are also cranes serving the Great Basin and Dry Docks.

Services:
Full details of same on application.

Buildings:
The buildings comprise:

Bldg. No.DescriptionApprox. floor spaceApprox height
1.Store.  Single storey brick, timber truss roof covered asbestos fitted Perspex; concrete floor.  2 Offices.
Extension:  Single storey lean-to, brick asbestos roof; forms men’s washing, etc. with two fountain washers and 2 basins.
2,56024’6”
2.Generator House.  Single storey, lofty, brick, steel truss roof boarded and slated in clear span with glazed upstand; “C. & A. Muskett” overhead hand-operated travelling crane; tiled floor; double timber doors 9’ wide x 12 ‘ high.  Adjoining bay of similar construction, rough concrete floor; 2 sets of double sliding doors 22’ wide x 10’high.11,57024’6”
2A.Workshop & Store.  Two-bay, single storey brick, steel truss roof, boarded, slated, glazed apex; concrete floor; hand-operated travelling hoist and single storey brick, timber truss roof with glazed upstand, slated truss and boarded; concrete floor; in addition 2 offices and W.C.11,57010’0”
3.Fire Engine House.  Three floor brick, flat concrete roof, ground floor fitted sliding and folding doors either end, 13’ wide x 10’ high; upper floor with fireman’s accommodation.6,30028’0”
4.Machine Shop.  130’ x 204’9”.  Single storey brick and meal framed, timber truss roofs in four spans, covered slates, lined boards and fitted central runs of wood glazing bars, concrete floor; timber sliding doors 20’ wide x 11’ high.  Gallery floor, boarded along four sides, supported on c.i. girders, 28’; 24’9”; 51’6”; & 28’3” wide; central heating; overhead travelling crane in two central bays (Henry Coles of Derby; Adamson 5-ton)28,50028’0”t
5.No. 2 Battery Shed.  Single storey brick, lean-to felted roof, concrete floor; 4 sets of double doors, width from 8’ to 12’, height 8’.2,70016’0”
6.Store.  Single Storey, corrugated iron clad, concrete floor; double door entrance 10’ wide x 7’6” high.1,070
6A.Store.  Single storey brick, flat concrete roof, double door entrance 6’ wide x 7’9”  high.1,000
7.Workshop.  Single storey brick, flat concrete roof, concrete floor.1,94512’0”
8.Store.  Single storey brick, flat concrete roof on R.S.J’s and brick piers, concrete floor, double sliding door entrance 12’ wide x 10’ wide.4,20015’0”
9.Offices.  Two floor brick and slated, forming suites of offices.10,000
10.Workshop.  Single storey brick and cast iron columns; cast iron framed truss roof in 4 bays covered slates, lined boards; in the main fitted glazed apex; concrete floor; 2 central bays fitted overhead cab-operated travelling cranes; double timber door 13’ wide x 13’ high.  Provision for gallery floor in either end bay with small gallery front.25,00027’6”
10A.Annexe.  Single storey brick; composite steel and timber roof, fitted glazing; concrete floor.5,000
11.Workshop Extension to No.10.  Three floor; steel framed, brick base wall; corrugated iron and glazed metal sashes above concrete ground floor, with 2 overhead travelling cranes; boarded upper floors.  Pitched, slated and boarded roof with glazing.19,80028’0” (ground flr.)
12.Compressor & Boiler House.  Steel frames, brick dwarf walls with corrugated iron above; steel truss roof lined internally, glazed apex.  Tiled floor; hand-operated overhead crane.  Boiler House of similar construction with roof covered corrugated iron; timber sliding door 22’ wide x 10’6” high.3,50025’0”
13.Dockyard Pumping Station.  Two-floor brick, flat concrete roof with sectional water storage tank thereon.5,10033’0”
13A.Annexe.  Single storey brick with steel truss roof, glazed apex, boarded and slated; concrete floor.2,43018’0”
13B.Extension to Above.  Two-floor brick with cast iron columns and cast iron framework; concrete floor.4,00018’0”
14.Foundry & Workshops.  Single storey brick with composite truss roof, boarded, slated with glazed apex; concrete floor fitted inspection pits; pair of double sliding doors 9’ wide x 13’ high; overhead cab-operated travelling crane and hand-operated crane.4,50018’0”
15.Workshop. Single Storey brick with steel truss roof covered asbestos in one span, fitted continuous runs of glazing; concrete floor.6,30018’0”
16.Foundry.  Single storey brick with composite truss roof boarded and slated, fitted glazed apex; concrete and sand floor; pair of sliding doors 12’ x 11’6” and 10’ x 12’  Small first floor section with concrete floor; 2 overhead travelling cranes.  Steel gantry and overhead 7-ton cab-operated crane in yard adjoining.11,70031’0”
17.South Diesel Sub-Station.  Brick, single storey with flat concrete roof and concrete floor; pair of sliding doors.640
18.Workshop.  Single storey, steel framed, part brick and part corrugated iron; steel truss roof in 2 spans, slated and boarded, fitted continuous runs of glazing; concrete and part wood block floor; cast iron sashes; 2 pairs of sliding doors 18’ wide x 20’ high; 2 overhead cab-operated travelling cranes, 25-tons each.7,60032’0”
19.Workshop.  Similar type bay to above; 2 sets of double timber sliding doors 11’ wide x 10’ high; overhead cab-operated crane.3,60026’0”
20.Workshop.  Twin bay building similar to above; entrance doors as above; roof covered felt; cab-operated crane (7 ½ tons) in one bay only.7,00026’0”
22.Offices & Workshop.  Single storey steel framed, corrugated iron clad; steel truss roof covered asbestos with some Perspex.4,76011’6”
23.Main Office Block.  Brick and slate construction on basement, ground and 2 floors.  Utilised as offices, stores and workrooms.57,260
24.Loco Shed.  Single storey, part brick and steel framed with steel truss roof covered asbestos; corrugated iron cladding and some glazing; concrete floor; double steel framed corrugated iron doorway entrances 12’ wide x 20’ high.2,50020’0”
25.Workshop.  Single storey brick with steel truss slated and boarded, part felted roof; concrete floor; double timber entrance doors 8’9” wide x 8’ high.  Floor space in 2 sections, one fitted hand-operated overhead crane.2,50013’6”
26.Workshop or Store.  Single storey, brick with flat concrete roof and concrete floor.2,000
27.Store.  Single storey brick and slated construction, partly clad weatherboarding.2,40010’0”
28.Workshop.  Single storey brick with timber truss boarded and slated roof; double door entrances 13’ wide x 10’ high.7,00014’6”
29.Workshop.  Single storey brick with timber truss asbestos and boarded roof; double doorway entrances.7,00011’6”
Ancillary Buildings include wash-places, latrines, clocking station, small stores buildings, first aid post, sub-stations, etc.

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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2016, 21:19:51 »
I was always told that the sale included a clause stating that no historic buildings could be removed, however, this letter shows no interest in retaining any buildings at all...

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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2016, 20:57:02 »
July, 1959

H.M. Dockyard, Sheerness
Arrangement for Completion of Sale

D.G.D. & M. is informed that the current proposal in broad outline for the sale and handover of the Dockyard to Messrs. Building Developments Ltd. is as follows:-

(i)   That the contract for the sale of Dockyard will be prepared and signed shortly.
(ii)   That the sale of the Dockyard will be completed on 31st March, 1960, (the date originally planned for its closure)
(iii)   That the intervening period between the contract stage and completion of the sale of the Dockyard parts of the Dockyard will behanded over to the purchasers by local arrangements as suitable areas become available.

2.   D.G.S. & M. is requested to state ow that the sale of the Dockyard is assured whether he envisages any substantial speed up of the close-down of the Yard to enable this Department to work with certainty to an earlier completion date for the sale of the Dockyard than 31st March, 1960.

J.H.M. Tapley
For C.S.L.
Civil Engineer-in-Chief’s Department



SHEERNESS
H.M. DOCKYARD
OCCUPANTS OF RESIDENCES

Name
Dockyard HouseCapt. ChavasseServices Occupation
No.1 Dockyard TerraceCdr. RowellDitto
No.2 Dockyard Terrace Surg. Lt. MallowsDitto
No.3 Dockyard Terrace Capt. BlandfordDitto
No.4 Dockyard Terrace Mr. P. BaillieDitto
No.5 Dockyard Terrace Mr. R.P.F. MinhinickDitto
No.1 Naval Terrace Mr. E.T.F. OnleyDitto
No.2 Naval Terrace Sub. Lt. M.W. CollinsonDitto
No.3 Naval Terrace Cdr. C.F. ParkerDitto
No.4 Naval Terrace Mr. L/J.W. SpiceDitto
No.5 Naval Terrace Sub. Lt. C.T. PiddingtonDitto
No.6 Naval Terrace Mr. G.W. FisherDitto
No.7 Naval Terrace Mr. W.E. BuckinghamDitto
No.8 Naval Terrace P.M. GodwellDitto
Well CottageVacant--
Station Sgt’s Res.W.H. BenefieldServices Occupation
Turncock’s ResVacant--
C.I.P.’s Res.Mr. A. WaldranServices Occupation
No. 1 Main gateMr. C. RobinsonDitto
No. 2 Main GateVacant--
Dockyard CottageLt. Cdr. N.R. TurnerServices Occupation
Navy Well HouseSurg. Lt. T.P. OliverDitto



DISPOSAL OF SHEERNESS DOCKYARD – OFFER BY BUILDING DEVELOPMENTS LTD.

An offer of £175,000 by Mr. Stanley Berk for Sheerness Dockyard has been under consideration for some time.  The First Lord saw Mr. Berk recently and asked him to give us further evidence that the necessary finance was assured.  Two letters have since been received from Mr. Berk on the finance aspect and are with Head of Mat. II together with the relevant paper, C.E.in C. 8115.59.

2.   Last week I reported orally to First Lord, Civil and Deputy Secretary (G) that another offer, also for £175,000 has been received from Building Developments Ltd. – their letter dated 10th June, 1959, is enclosed – It will be seen that the shared of the Company are held by three organisations of considerable standing and resource.

3.   Yesterday I met the Chairman if the company, Mr. David Finnie, and Sir Andrew MacTaggart, a director.  Mr. Finnie is an accountant and said he had shipping interests and sir Andrew MacTaggart is chairman of Balfour Beatty and Co., Civil Engineering contractors.

4.   They informed me that what attracted them to Sheerness Dockyard was not the buildings – which they considered to be of little use industrially – but the suitability of the property as a site for the development of engineering industries because of the skilled labour that would be available.  It is the labour that is the main attraction.

5.   They said their intention was to pull most of the buildings down and put up modern engineering workshops.  If they could not let the newly developed property to a big engineering firm as a single unit that envisaged developing it into not more than four units, although they would not rule out the possibility of a small ship repairing until in addition if they could find a suitable firm to take part of the dock area.  They mentioned a figure of “not less than £500,000” as the amount they expected to have to spend on development.

6.   They said that Sir Andrew MacTaggart was going to Canada on Wednesday next, 24th June, and would like to be in a position to try and interest a big North American concern (not named) in their project.  If this concern should be attracted, they though the whole site might be developed for this one purpose.  They were therefore anxious for a decision on their offer by Tuesday if possible.  I could give no assurance as to a decision as quickly as this but I undertook that we would treat the matter as of the greatest urgency.  I told them, however, that in amount, their offer was not necessarily good enough to make a quick decision easy and I asked them to consider increasing it.  I said that we must know what their highest and final offer was.

7.   Sir Andrew MacTaggart has today telephoned and told me that they will increase their offer to £200,000 and are writing to confirm this.

8.   This seems to me a most attractive proposition from all points of view.  As regards price it is the only offer we have received apart from Mr. Berk’s Messrs. Henry Butcher & Co., our industrial estate agents for this property, have advised is not to turn down an offer of £175,000 (copy of their report enclosed) and the chief Valuer has confirmed to me that “if £175,000 was the most that would be obtained from your applicant, then, taking all things into consideration, this should be accepted”.  I should be very surprised if we could obtain a better offer than £200,000 and even more surprised to obtain any other proposition which holds out such good promise for the future, of Sheerness Dockyard and its employees.  I therefore strongly recommend acceptance.

9.   After consultation with Deputy Secretary (G) and Private Office I have arranged for Mr. Finnie and Sir Andrew MacTaggart to come and see the First Lord on Monday next, 22nd June at 12 o’clock.

10.   I gathered that Building Developments Ltd., would not be interested in buying the plant and machinery (Mr. Berk offered £50,000 for it), also that possession next April would suit them provided that we would allow them to stockpile with engineering plant and machinery before that date so as to be ready to start development in April.

11.   Representatives of a Birmingham property company, Oldeani Holdings Ltd., were shown over the Dockyard on Tuesday of this week.  I told them that if they wanted to make an offer it should be made this week but, although they have not written to me, I am told they do not propose to make an offer.  Another firm, R.L. Baker Ltd., of South Benfleet who made an offer of £20,000 for one of the seven lots in which Henry Butcher & Co. have been advertising the Dockyard also said a few weeks ago that they would consider making an offer for the whole Dockyard but they have not yet made such an offer and I doubt whether they have the resources to do so.  Nobody else has recently shown an interest in buying the Dockyard as a whole.

12.   Copies of this minute have been sent to Civil Lord, Private Office, Deputy Secretary (G) and Head of G.F.II.

E.H. Palmer
Civil Engineer-in-Chief’s Department

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2016, 19:58:14 »
BY HAND
General Finance Branch II,
Admiralty,
London, S.W.1.

19th June, 1959.

H.M.Dockyard, Sheerness

I am writing to confirm what I said this morning about the current prospects of disposal of Sheerness Dockyard.  To start with, I should refer to Moore’s letter dated 23rd March to Radice, in which he spoke of the possible prospect at the time of selling it to a Mr. Berk for £400,000.  This, however, turned out to be a will-of-the wisp and Mr. Berk to be a man of straw.  When he himself saw the place he reduced his offer to £175,000 for the site and premises; but it became clear that, excepting the deposit, he could not find the purchase price in cash unless (if he were let into possession in advance of completion) he could then raise the money on mortgage – in fact, two mortgages, one to a bank for part of the price and the second to anyone he might be able to persuade to advance the balance on the strength of the lettings made by him!

2.   The offer we are now interested in is quite different, in that the transaction is to be on a normal cash basis, and that the offer is from substantial financial interests.  IT comes from a company known as Building Developments Ltd., of which Sir Andrew MacTaggart (chairman of Messrs. Balfour, Beatty & Company) is a director, and of which the shares are held by companies controlled by Messrs. Balfour Beatty and Mr. Jack Cotton, who is a large-scale property man.  This cash offer is £200,000 for the site and buildings.  They do not want the plant, which is removable and will be dealt with separately.  They propose to deal with the place on trading estate lines, but if sir Andrew MacTaggart can be told before he goes to America on Tuesday that the transaction is on (subject of course to contract) he has, it is understood, good hopes of being able to get a large North American firm to take up the whole site, develop it extensively with modern engineering workshops and employ considerable labour forces direct.  If this comes off (the Board of Trade are being approached simultaneously), it will politically, as well as financially, be a great weight off our minds: but even the residuary proposition of developing the place as a trading estate is reasonable enough from the employment aspect.

3.   Notwithstanding the earlier valuation by the District Valuer mentioned in Moore’s letter, the Chief’ Valuer himself has advised that if “£175,000 is the most that would be obtained from our applicant it should be accepted”.
Messrs. Henry Butcher & company, the well-known industrial estate agents, also advise us not to turn down such an offer.  As we have in fact got £200,000, we feel that this most certainly be taken.  We have had no other offer for the whole place at all than this one and that from Mr. Berk, after extensive enquiries and advertising.

You kindly promised to deal with the proposal extra quickly, in the special circumstances, and if you could possible let me hear something by Monday, on the telephone, I should be most grateful.

Yours Sincerely,
J.P. Buchanan



July, 1959

Residences Within H.M. Dockyard, Sheerness

It is proposed to complete the sale of H.M. Dockyard, Sheerness to Messrs. Building Developments Ltd. on 31st March, 1960.  Included within the boundary of the Dockyard are the houses shown in Schedule A herein.  It is understood that these houses are all occupied by Naval Officers or Admiralty Civilian employees and that they will in the March be posted away from Sheerness before the sale is complete.  If however any of these houses are likely to remain occupied for any reason by Admiralty tenants after 31st March, 1960, this Department would like to have an early indication of which houses are likely to be affected so that appropriate legal arrangements can be made in the Conveyance of the Dockyard to the purchasers.

B.G.L. Jones
For C.S.L.
Civil Engineer-in-Chief’s Department



H.M. Dockyard, Sheerness
Schedule A

1 X Dockyard House
5 X Dockyard Terrace
8 X Naval Terrace
1 X Engine Driver (well cottage)
1 X Station Sgt.
1 X Turncock
1 X Chief Inspector Admiralty Constabulary
2 X Main Gate Police
1 X Dockyard Cottage
1 X Master Rigger
Total 22



 

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