33 to 33 Ac(13.35 to 13.35 Ha)
Price on application

The CitadelWestern Heights, Dover, Kent CT17 9DR

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Impressive 360° views over English Channel & Dover area
  • Previous uses included fort, army barracks and prison
  • 217,371 sq ft (20,194 sq m) of built form
  • Freehold sale with vacant possession
  • 33 acres / 13 hectares

The Citadel on the Western Heights of Dover is one of the most impressive fortifications in Britain and is a Scheduled Monument.

About this property

  • The site is formed of several different portions of the Western Heights area, including the Western Outworks to the western side of the site, the Citadel (Western Form) in the centre of the site and a small area of the Fortress Interior to the east of the Gatehouse. There are a number of buildings on site including a striking 1861 Grade II listed administration building which extends to 39,048 sq ft. The other ancillary buildings at the Property comprise a range of prison cell accommodation blocks and related maintenance, administration and support buildings. Additionally, within the site is a sports pitch and evidence of fortifications remain very clear with a number of assets of historic interest, including the dry moat surrounding the prison, a well house, casemates, hutted barracks, water tanks and gated entrance into the site.

Local information

  • The Property is located in Dover, Kent, an historic town on the South East coast. Surrounding centres include Folkestone (8 miles), Canterbury (18 miles) and Ashford (23 miles).
  • The Property has excellent transport links with the Eurostar and Eurotunnel connections available at Folkestone whilst Dover port provides regular ferry services to the continent. M20 and M2 motorways provide connectivity to the wider road network. Dover Priory Station offers direct trains to London Victoria and London St Pancras.
  • The Citadel is located at the end of Citadel Crescent, accessed by Citadel Road. The Citadel is separated from the residential dwellings surrounding it by the natural elevation of the land and moat. The Property is immediately adjacent to a Local Nature Reserve and is immediately adjacent to an AONB but not within. Access to the main built area is via a bridge/gatehouse only.

Additional information

  • The Property is identified as falling within the following policy designations: Conservation Area, Scheduled Monument (LEN: 1020298), Listed Building, Grade II (ID: 1375598) and Partly Open Space (Policy DM 25).
  • There are no pending planning applications or pre-application enquiries. The Dover District Council Land Allocations Plan identifies the site as an underused heritage asset in Dover with no long term use. As such, there are a number of possible development opportunities for the site. Savills considers the site, in addition to the existing C2a use, offers scope for redevelopment to C1 (Hotels), C2 (residential institutions), C3 (dwelling houses), B1 (business) and D1 (non-residential institutional) uses, but we consider a mix of different uses would also be achievable.

Energy performance

Energy performance certificates for the relevant buildings are held in our microsite. The ratings range from band B to band G.