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