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Como appointed on Mary Rose Museum contract

  • The Mary Rose - eventuall the pipes will be taken away so visitors can see the whole ship

Como has been appointed to undertake a contract at the Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The Mary Rose is embarking upon the next stage in her long and remarkable history, which will see Como working to remove the existing 'Hot Box' around the ship, installing new permanent glazing to the viewing galleries and undertaking other structural changes around the ship.

The walls that currently separate visitors from the ship will be replaced with glazing to provide unrestricted views of the hull from bow to stern in all nine galleries and on all three levels. For the first time since she was raised from the Solent in 1982 visitors will also be able to share the same space as the Mary Rose, entering the upper deck through an air lock, allowing visitors to experience the full splendour and magnitude of the Mary Rose.

Robert Lapraik, Deputy Chief Executive and Project Co-Ordinator at the museum, said:

"Como brings an impressive track record to this complex and completely unique fit out. We look forward to working with them on the next chapter in the Mary Rose's history."

The Mary Rose was Henry VIII's favourite warship which sunk in the Battle of the Solent in 1545. Raised in 1982, she is the only 16th century warship on display anywhere in the world. Alongside her amazing collection of over 19,000 artefacts, the Mary Rose provides a unique insight into Tudor life over 500 years ago.

The Mary Rose museum, which contains the hull and many thousands of artefacts on public display, opened at the end of May 2013, winning Project of the Year in Building Magazine in 2014. The conservation of the ship has continued since 1982 and has now reached a stable state in her controlled air drying phase.

Project Director, Darran Brand, said:

"The Mary Rose museum is truly one of a kind, nothing like it exists anywhere else in the world and this project is unlike anything Como have done previously. The historic significance has made this project something very close to our hearts. There are some unique challenges to overcome here, but we have an exceptional team in place and a strong partnership with the Mary Rose ensuring a fantastic end result."

The Museum is due to reopen in summer 2016.