No Man’s Land Fort and Lighthouse For Sale?
Photo Credit: Mike Walker
Calling any Bond agent in need of a secret sea fort with £4 million ($7.88 million) in spare change. Since a Portsmouth County Court judge has refused to evict a 42-year-old Indian businessman, the new owner may need MI6 secret skills to evict the current owner, Harmesh Pooni!
According to the news report, Harmesh Pooni bought the 200-foot diameter fort and three-bedroom Lighthouse with a 360-degree observatory for £3 million ($5.91 million) in 2004. The massive circular granite sea fort was converted to a Luxury Hotel with a central glass atrium courtyard in the 1980s.
Lexi Holdings, the investors backing Pooni, claim they own the fort and need to sell the property after their business sank in a sea of £100 million ($197 million) debt in October 2006. Naturally, Harmesh Pooni who contracted legionnaires’ disease from the contaminated water in the Fort’s natural well, believes he is the rightful owner!
To prevent the sale of the fort, Pooni has barricaded himself in the fort’s lighthouse and he survives on eating rations. Pooni stated, “It is very spooky at night. I just sit up in the lighthouse and look at all the lights on the shoreline and hope that the legal situation is resolved in my favour.” The possession of the Sea Fort is moving from the High Seas to the High Court.
Fort Lighthouse Background:
No Man’s Land Fort and Lighthouse, located in the Solent between the city of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight off the southern coast of Britain, was completed in 1880 to defend Portsmouth from the French Navy.
The Fort was abandoned after the French were no longer a threat and briefly used during the two Great Wars. In 1956, the Fort was deactivated and The Ministry of Defence sold the fort in 1963.
In 1971, the Fort was featured in the Dr Who adventure TV movie, “The Sea Devils” starring Jon Pertwee. During the 1980s, the fort was converted into a 21-room Luxury Hotel with two helipads and a heated indoor swimming pool.
In 2004, the fort went on the market for £2-3 million after the corporate events company collapsed. Legionella bacteria was discovered in the hotel’s water system in July, 2004. His hotel was forced to close and the company collapsed.
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