MEA are proud to have played our part in providing visitors to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with the ability to walk beneath HMS Victory. The dockyard and ship are due to reopen on the 24th August, following coronavirus lockdown measures, when Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory will be viewable by the public, from below, for the first time in 100 years.
MEA provided Quantity Surveying services to the Dry Dock No. 2 project which is both Grade I Listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument; it houses HMS Victory, which is an asset equivalent to one of Scheduled Monument status, and is the only surviving first rate ship of the line, giving it exceptional significance.
The scheme designed by Pritchard Architecture includes new walkways, staircases and viewing platforms that would become part of the visitor route, provide unique views of the bow, hull, keel and rudder of the ship and provide safe access for visitors below HMS Victory.
HMS Victory, which featured in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and is now at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, is undergoing a 13-year revamp. Built between 1759 and 1765, HMS Victory is the oldest commissioned warship in the world – it is still the official flagship of the First Sea Lord.