The Cutty Sark’s architectural and design plans have been given the go-ahead once more, following the fire last month.
A modified version of the original design, which will see the ship raised and the permanent visitor centre located underneath, is underway again, but will come a year later and at a ‘significantly’ higher cost.
At present, while the temporary pavilion visitor centre has suffered superficial damage to its cover from falling debris, none of the artefacts inside have been affected. This includes the original figurehead, parts of the Master’s Saloon and interactive elements relating to the conservation techniques.
Design for both the permanent and temporary exhibition spaces is by architect Youmeshehe, Designmap and exhibition design specialist Barry Mazur, with installations by Heritage Multimedia and lighting by Business Design Partnership Lighting.
‘It is quite positive,’ according to Daniel Sutton at Designmap. ‘While there is damage to the hull and planks, most of the sailing ship will be saved. Raising the ship will still work; although there will be some redesign, the concept will be the same. We are about a year behind schedule.’
Sutton adds that he is sure the fire will become part of the story and the exhibition space, but exactly how it will be integrated is not yet clear. It may be in the form of interactives designed into the space, which will give visitors the opportunity to find out about the blaze.