Mary Rose Museum

Enabling vital restoration work to be completed on the Mary Rose.

The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth needed to access the existing “hot box” around the Mary Rose hull to allow for its modification.

This phase of development included the removal of the internal roof structure and modification to the walls between the ship and visitors.

We installed a 1 tonne goods hoist from ground level to the boat deck level, which was encapsulated with a temporary roof structure. This kept the environment dry, allowing hoist movement within the enclosed zone.

To allow the removal of the “hot box”, a 42-metre-long by 14 metres high scaffold structure was built from the boat deck level on the north side.

On the south wall, a bridged scaffold with support towers was installed to enable the installation of glazing along the viewing galleries on all three levels. 

Upon completing the removal of the existing “hot box” walls, we installed a rolling 12-metre-long by 6 metres wide bridged crash deck. The deck spanned north to south over the Mary Rose hull and then rolled out over the ship allowing access for the internal roof removal.

Once the project was completed, all the scaffold was carefully dismantled stage-by-stage allowing the Mary Rose to be seen in all its glory!






“I would just like to take this opportunity to say how pleased I am on this project to have had GKR as the scaffolders, whenever we have been under pressure Lee and the guys have always been willing and up to whatever task thrown at them.

When asked to work late nights towards the end of the project, they put themselves forward and managed to beat the odds in the striking and constructing their scaffolds.

I have worked in the construction industry for 30 plus years now and GKR certainly top my list on knowledge and professional

Well done Tony to both you and your guys and I look forward to working with you in the future.”

Steve Lambourne
Construction management

“GKR have provided an outstanding service on the Mary Rose project and fully deserve to be recognised for a safety first second nature award.

The project itself was a unique refurbishment of the Mary Rose museum with an extensive scaffold requirement in a restricted and challenging environment. The GKR team, led by Lee Banks have achieved something spectacular on this project, delivering safely in such a complex environment, not compromising the ship wreck as they installed scaffolding and the rolling deck, showing their commitment to tool and material tethering and raising the standard of health and safety.

It was a pleasure to work with GKR on such an iconic project and I look forward to future projects together.”

Aisling Padden
Health & Safety Manager
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