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Mary Rose Museum wins Building Magazine’s Project of the Year

The Mary Rose Museum has won the Project of the Year category at the Building Awards 2014. Dedicated to rewarding excellence and outstanding performance in the UK construction industry, the Building Awards brings together some of the most influential figures in the business to celebrate exceptional UK projects.


The award scheme’s prestigious panel of judges selected the Mary Rose Museum from a highly competitive shortlist including some of the most high profile construction projects in the UK. Speaking of this achievement, Madani Sow, Chairman of Bouygues UK said:


“The new Mary Rose Museum combines contemporary architecture, sensitive preservation and a highly complex build process to showcase one of the most ambitious conservation projects ever undertaken. To be joining a line-up of outstanding UK projects and following the 2013 winner – The Shard makes us enormously proud. I would like to thank all our partners who were involved in the creation of The Mary Rose Museum, our client, the Mary Rose Trust, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will and everyone at the Building Awards – winning this award is fantastic recognition of our role in creating this outstanding heritage attraction.“


The Mary Rose Museum is said to be the most ambitious heritage construction project seen in Europe this decade, the delivery of such an important project was awarded to Bouygues UK, under a two-year construction programme.


Bouygues UK undertook the highly complex build project, erecting the new museum building around and over the top of the ‘hot box’ which houses the Mary Rose, by first dismantling the temporary tensile structure, which together ensured her hull was kept at an optimum temperature, vital for preservation processes. The dry dock in which the ship’s hull sits is a Grade I listed structure, so all work had to be undertaken under the watchful eye of English Heritage.


Robert Lapraik, Deputy Chief Executive, Mary Rose Trust said “Bouygues UK constructed the new museum safely around the hull of the Mary Rose and by making imaginative use of the historic dry dock they modified the foundations to deliver this fabulous museum project on budget – no mean achievement!  We are delighted that the museum and its construction has been recognised in this way”.


Chris Wilkinson, Founding Director, Wilkinson Eyre Architects said: “When working with such a fascinating artefact like the Mary Rose, the architecture needs to complement rather than distract. In this case, the challenge was finding the right architectural language to help articulate the story being told by the Museum, whilst adding a confident piece of contemporary architecture to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We are delighted to have won this award for a project that was both incredibly challenging and rewarding for all involved.”


Chris Brandon, Principal of Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will, said: “I am thrilled to see this unique project win such an important industry award. As architect for the interior of the Museum it was important for us to create a building and space that both protects and showcases The Mary Rose. Designed from the inside-out, the design takes many of its cues from the historic ship, allowing its hull, artefacts and exhibitions to take centre stage and create a visitor experience befitting this remarkable piece of history.”


Main Contractor: Bouygues UK

Architect: Wilkinson Eyre Architects (architect) and Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will (architect for the interior)

Client: The Mary Rose Trust

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