An open international ideas competition has been launched to reinvent the ruined Red Sands sea fort in the Thames Estuary off the Kentish coast
The iconic structure – which was one of several offshore installations designed by Guy Maunsell during World War Two – has been unused since 1956.
Organised by Seville-based ‘Rethinking Architecture Competitions’ – the contest seeks proposals to transform the fort into a new observatory.
According to the brief: ‘Since these buildings are away from any town and in the middle of the sea it seems appropriate [to create] a place to study the stars.’
‘The isolation of these fortifications [will provide] perfect visibility of the night sky.’
Schemes must consider site accessibility and the potential for creating self-sufficient residences inside the fort.
The Red Sands base was constructed in 1943 and originally featured anti-aircraft batteries. The seven raised structures were originally connected by walkways which have not survived.
The first prize winner – set to be announced on 1 May – will receive around £2,300.
A second place prize of approximately £1,150 and third place award worth around £400 will also be available.
The deadline for entries is 30 March.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information