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Simpson (York) Limited continue to work on the refurbishment of Hull Maritime Museum and eleven months into the programme, here’s the latest update and the progress made so far.

The roof

Major works to insulate, clad and tile the roof with the original tiles is progressing well and is expected to be completed by early February.

Reused tiles are being laid
Major works to the roof are taking place

Work to repair and restore the domes for the first time in decades is ongoing. The first dome is complete, the second dome is in the final stages and the third one is underway.

Completed dome

The lead was removed, remelted and reused, then timber work was repaired, with building paper added. The lead is then put back into place to cover the dome to protect it for another 150 years at least. It takes approximately eight weeks to complete.

Second dome is nearing completion
It takes approximately eight weeks to complete the restoration of each dome

The weathervane has also been put back into place on the cupola.

Inside the building

Within the building itself, all the services including heating and electrics are going in underneath the concrete floor.

The lift shaft for the new lift is nearing completion.

Plaster repairs have been undertaken to the Court Room’s ceiling.

On the second floor a brand-new steel staircase has been installed, this will provide a new viewing area and access to one of the domes for the first time.

The ceilings on the second floor have been repaired where possible.