18 December 2008
Accolade Awarded for Work on Restoration of Block Mills at HM Naval Base in Portsmouth.
The Ministry of Defence (Defence Estates) as client and WYG as designer were presented with the 2008 Georgian Group Architectural Award for the category of ‘restoration of a Georgianbuilding in an urban setting’. The accolade acknowledges architectural conservation design and was presented for the restoration ofthe Block Mills in Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth.
The importance and sensitivity of this project, undertaken to restore a building which was the site of the world’s first steam powered mass production line and used for making rigging and gun carriage blocks, was recognised by the Georgian Group and English Heritage. The conservation and adaptation of the historic components of the scheme included the restoration of the original hipped roof and parapet and removal of bulky features such as the external fire escapes.
WYG provided conservation advice, building design and structural and engineering services to renovate the historic Block Mills, which is located close to HMS Victory within the operational naval base.
Image L-R: Arch Bishop of York, John Sentamu; Sue Batting representative for the Naval Base Commander along with 2 representatives from Defence Estates.