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30 May 2022

Heritage contractor, Simpson are now four months into a 20-month project. They have been tasked to undertake the major refurbishment to transform the building into a 21st museum.

In the last four months, the team of 50 including several apprentices have removed all the services, soft strip and the demolition of walls are now nearing completion.

Scaffolding is now around the building and has reached the roof.

Scaffolding has been installed around the museum
Scaffolding has also been installed to one of the cupolas
Repairs will be undertaken
The finial on top of the cupola will be cleaned by specialists as part of the refurbishment

The original lead on the roof will be removed and taken away for smelting and reused on site.

Condition and structural checks have been completed to the building and all the doors and windows.

Services have been stripped out ready to install new drainage and utilities.

The galleries have been stripped
The building looks very different

Now we move to the basement...

Preparations to undertake waterproofing in the basement is well underway. This process is called tanking to prevent further ingress of damp / water to areas below adj water levels.

This will become an accessible collections store, visitor facilities and new learning spaces for young people to discover more about Hull’s maritime heritage.

Work is also taking place in the basement
Tanking to prevent ingress

To reveal more of the original architecture of the building and create a brand-new atrium for the central area of the museum, major demolition work is well underway, getting ready to install the gantries and glass roof.

Demolition work is nearing completion
New levels will improve access to the galleries
The space will be opened up for the first time with a glass roof

A lift shaft has been removed and will be replaced with a new one and a new stairwell to enable new access the basement which will become a new learning area for schools.

The lift has been removed
A new stairwell to the basement will be installed

New piping has been installed in the Court Room and an example of the new radiators has been put in place.

Here's what the new radiators will look like
The Court Room will receive some TLC

Some of the other galleries have been stripped and ready for the phase of works.

The third floor, previously used as office space, will open up to the public for the first time and enable 50 per cent more objects to be displayed. This floor will have now steelwork installed in the coming weeks.

Areas awaiting new steel trusses to support the roof and create greater open spaces for exhibitions

Once office and storage space, this floor will offer additional display space for visitors
New steel trusses will be added to support the roof

In the meantime, work to reconfigure Dock Office Chambers to become a bespoke storage facility for the museum’s reserve collection is in the final stages and will be fully completed in the coming weeks.

Dock Office Chambers will become a bespoke storage centre for the reserve collection