The Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed with the Mary Rose Trust to appoint Ridge and Partners LLP, the multi-discipline property and construction consultancy, on a crucial project. Ridge is the employer’s agent on the final phase of works to a project that will bring the spectacular 500-year-old warship even closer to visitors at the multi award-winning Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
After being submerged for centuries, the Tudor warship captured the imagination of the public when it was raised from the Solent in 1982. It was encapsulated in a temporary structure, which is now inside the new museum. For almost three decades, as part of the conservation process, the hull was sprayed continually, first with chilled fresh water and then with polyethylene glycol, a water soluble wax that stabilises the ship’s timbers and prevents them from shrinking. This process was completed in April 2013 and the sixteenth century warship entered its final phase of conservation, controlled air drying, to extract a 100 tons of water from its hull.
With the conservation sufficiently progressed, the temporary structure surrounding the Mary Rose can now be modified, allowing visitors full and unrestricted views of the fascinating ship for the first time. Ridge is delighted to be overseeing this very special transition as employer’s agent to the Mary Rose Trust.
The excavation and salvage of the Mary Rose created new standards in maritime archaeology and remains the largest underwater excavation and recovery ever undertaken in the world.
Robert Lapraik, Deputy Chief Executive for the Mary Rose said:
“We are delighted to have Ridge as our Employer’s Agent and look forward to working with the team to deliver this next exciting phase within the Museum. We have welcomed over 850,000 visitors since opening in May 2013 and know that this latest phase of works will provide an even more immersive experience of the ship, her crew and amazing collection of artefacts”.