Major milestone for restored storehouse

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RESTORATION work on a former Royal Navy storehouse which is being turned into an exhibition space has now been completed.

Storehouse 10 is a Grade I listed building which will soon house an exhibition called HMS – Hear My Story.

The completion of restoration work, including the installation of a new glass walkway, marks a major milestone which aims to tell the stories of men, women, and ships which have made the navy’s history over the last 100 years.

Matthew Sheldon, the project director, said: ‘Converting such a storehouse for a contemporary exhibition was challenging.

‘Some of the original fabric such as the brick work was in poor condition, part of the timber floor was not level and required protection, and services which are essential for visitor comfort had to be brought into the building.

‘Unexpected problems experienced included hidden patches of asbestos and pools of mercury.’

The exhibition is scheduled to open in the spring of next year.

The project to build the space, known as the Babcock Galleries, will cost £4.5m. £1.4m has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund.