No Man's Land Fort, Isle of Wight
No Man's Land Fort was a fort built in the Solent as part of the Palmerston Forts.
It is 2.2 kilometres off the coast of the Isle of Wight between the
years 1867 and 1880 to protect Portsmouth. It was built for a cost of £462,500, a considerable sum if adjusted
No Man's Land Fort is almost identical
to Horse Sand Fort. It is now a luxury home/hospitality centre for high-paying guests – due to the privacy it
offers – with an indoor swimming pool and two helipads. In July 2004, Legionella bacteria found in the hotel's
water system forced its closure. The Fort was put up for sale in 2005 and again in 2007, but the company
collapsed. In March 2008, Harmesh Pooni, claiming to still be the owner, barricaded himself inside the fort in
protest against the administrators KPMG.
The property was eventually sold by
KPMG, who repossessed the fort from Mr Pooni, for £910,000 in March 2009.
The 1972 Doctor Who serial The Sea Devils used the fort as a filming location for several