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Phase two of Hurst Castle restoration project starts – but English Heritage warns experts 'unable' to rule out further collapses

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THERE could be further collapses of the wings of Hurst Castle, English Heritage has warned, as work starts on the second phase of a restoration project.

On Tuesday the underpinning of the 15th century building’s Victorian east wing began with workers injecting a special resin to consolidate the shingle under its foundations to provide additional support.

As reported in the A&T, part of the castle collapsed into the sea in February.

The first stage of restoration at Hurst Castle has finished (photo: English Heritage)
The first stage of restoration at Hurst Castle has finished (photo: English Heritage)

Rob Woodside, English Heritage estates director, was "very pleased" to embark on the next project stage, adding: "We will continue to do all we can to protect it.

"However we have always been clear there can be no quick fix to the issues it is facing and our monitoring over the spring and summer has revealed an even more complicated picture, including renewed movement within the walls not only in the east wing, but also in the west wing."

He said the "immense forces at work" along Hurst Spit "continue to present a very real challenge", adding: "Despite our efforts in recent years, the advice we have received from our experts is that they are unable to rule out further collapse in the Victorian east and west wings."

The next stage will be for heavy equipment to clear the damaged part of the outer wall so the team can plan how to protect the breach from the elements.

Finally, the team will reinforce the sea defences along the east battery.

the first phase of work included 5,000 tonnes of Cornish granite boulders and 6,000 tons of shingle to construct a 90-metre revetment, plus better access to the damaged east wing

The Tudor keep remains open to the public but the east and west batteries are closed for the foreseeable future and the admission price has been reduced.

Visit see www.english-heritage.org.uk/Hurst and www.hurstcastle.co.uk

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