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Kidderminster firm's part in ship's revamp
A KIDDERMINSTER business owner has spoken of his pride at being involved in a major reconstruction of the museum housing King Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose.
Protective Surface Coatings, based at the Hoobrook Enterprise Centre, Worcester Road, supplied and fitted the floors on all three decks of the Mary Rose, based at Portsmouth Historic Dockyards, after winning a £120,000 contract to do the job.
It is inside the revamped Mary Rose Museum, which is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year from across the world.
The flooring project, which started in January, took about five months to complete. The museum has now reopened to the public and despite some finishing touches still being applied to the building, more than 100,000 visitors have already walked through its doors during the first three months.
John Desmond, owner of Protective Surface Coatings, said: “I felt very proud to be involved in the work. That boat has a lot of history so to win the contract and actually do the job was great.”
The Mary Rose was a 16th century warship, used in fights against France, Scotland and Brittany. It was sunk in battle in 1545, discovered in 1971 and raised in 1982. The museum opened in 1984 and was closed in 2009 after it was announced the attraction would undergo a revamp.
The new museum building is fitted around the ship and Mr Desmond’s company fitted 2,300 sq metres of flooring on the Orlop, Main and Castle decks as well as all of the staircases.
Mr Desmond’s son, Nathan Desmond, in charge of contracts at the flooring firm, added: “Obviously, doing a major public museum which will attract visitors from all over the world is quite a prestigious job and the Mary Rose museum is known worldwide.
“It is fantastic for Kidderminster and the Wyre Forest economy that companies within the district have the knowledge and expertise to carry out prestigious jobs on a national project.”
The Wyre Forest district and Worcestershire county Conservative councillor added: “The brief was to provide something which could withstand hundreds of thousands of visitors a year over a 20-year period and that is what they have got.”
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