A former secret pumping station used during WWII could be turned into an artist’s studio and gallery.
The abandoned concrete building, on land near Dungeness Road in Dungeness, was part of a set of historic features that have either been reused or built as secret structures to house Operation PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) during the war.
PLUTO was the name of the ambitious comprehensive military operation put in place to pump fuel from England and the Isle of Wight, through the seabed, via a multitude of small caliber high pressure hoses, to Allied forces. in France.
Pumps were hidden in the front and back rooms of villas and beachfront bungalows along the south coast.
But due to the lack of suitable buildings on Dungeness, new buildings – resembling the area’s one-story flat-roofed dwellings and therefore appearing as ordinary as camouflage for their special use – had to be erected.
There are three such pumping stations – PLUTO I, II and III – erected within a few meters of each other on the land of Dungeness Road, which is on the cobbles and located in the Dungeness Conservation Area and Dungeness National Nature Reserve.
A planning request has now been submitted to transform PLUTO II into an art archive, educational workshop and public exhibition space with a small residential studio for “resident” photographers and artists visiting for the Peter Marlow Foundation.
The foundation – named after photographer Peter Marlow – encourages, examines and celebrates the photography of humanity, its impact and its legacy.
Inside, the renovation would include a flexible main space, which could be used as a public gallery and workshop, as well as accommodation.
In addition, a newly proposed basement will house an archive storage facility, workshop and offices.
There is also a new entrance hall, as well as an elevator and a promenade.
A statement of the Design and Access Statement reads: “The proposed project responds to the challenges imposed by the brief and resulting program, while respecting and enhancing the character of the existing building, its heritage, the context of Dungeness and the distinct qualities and beauty of its landscape. “
CGIs (Computer Generated Images) have been released with the Design and Access Statement.
The planning application has been submitted to Folkestone and Hythe District Council. A decision is expected in July.
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