Award for Mary Rose Museum

The Prince of Wales, President of the Mary Rose Trust, during a visit to the Mary Rose Museum.
The Prince of Wales, President of the Mary Rose Trust, during a visit to the Mary Rose Museum.
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THE landmark Mary Rose Museum has claimed top honours at an engineering awards ceremony.

The popular attraction won the top award for engineering excellence at the the South Coast Engineering Excellence Awards, held by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The museum was also honoured for being the ‘best all-round project and making a significant positive impact to the area’.

Other Portsmouth projects also received acclaim.

The Tipner Interchange M275 junction and park-and-ride site won an award for best project management.

The Northern Road bridge won the prize for technical expertise and innovation.

Portsmouth’s three prizes were among seven up for grabs at the awards, with other winners coming from Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

Cllr Ken Ellcome, Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for traffic and transportation, said: ‘It’s absolutely fantastic to see Portsmouth dominate an event like this.

‘People see work happening in the city, but what they probably don’t realise is how the schemes we’re doing compare to others.

‘Some of the things happening here are among the most innovative in the country.’

Cllr Ellcome added: ‘These three projects are just the latest in long line of notable engineering projects completed in Portsmouth, from the replacement of Copnor Bridge to the impressive improvements done to Queen Alexandra Hospital and obviously the most famous one is the Spinnaker Tower.’

Cllr Ellcome said there were more big projects to come.

He said: ‘It won’t stop here, there is plenty more on the horizon for us with the new Hard Interchange, Dunsbury Hill Farm and various other projects.

‘And hopefully we’ll keep getting this level of recognition and pick up a few more awards on the way.’

Judges commended the motorway junction and park-and-ride site for being finished on time and under budget, and improving Portsmouth’s transport network by revitalising derelict land.

Last week the Mary Rose Museum welcomed its 500,000th visitor since opening in May last year.