Bouygues UK celebrates as Mary Rose Museum wins Building Magazine’s Project of the Year

Bouygues UK is very proud to announce that the Mary Rose Museum has won the Project of the Year category at the Building Awards 2014. Dedicated to rewarding excellence and outstanding performance in the UK construction industry, the Building Awards brings together some of the most influential figures in the business to celebrate exceptional UK projects.

The award scheme’s prestigious panel of judges selected the Mary Rose Museum from a highly competitive shortlist including some of the most high profile construction projects in the UK. Speaking of this achievement, Madani Sow, Chairman of Bouygues UK said:

“The new Mary Rose Museum combines contemporary architecture, sensitive preservation and a highly complex build process to showcase one of the most ambitious conservation projects ever undertaken. To be joining a line up of outstanding UK projects and following the 2013 winner – The Shard makes us enormously proud.

“I would like to thank all our partners who were involved in the creation of The Mary Rose Museum, our client, the Mary Rose Trust, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will and everyone at the Building Awards – winning this award is fantastic recognition of our role in creating this outstanding heritage attraction.“

Robert Lapraik, Deputy Chief Executive, Mary Rose Trust said “Bouygues UK constructed the new museum safely around the hull of the Mary Rose and by making imaginative use of the historic dry dock they modified the foundations to deliver this fabulous museum project on budget – no mean achievement!  We are delighted that the museum and its construction has been recognised in this way”.

Chris Wilkinson, Founding Director, Wilkinson Eyre Architects said: “When working with such a fascinating artefact like the Mary Rose, the architecture needs to complement rather than distract. In this case, the challenge was finding the right architectural language to help articulate the story being told by the Museum, whilst adding a confident piece of contemporary architecture to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We are delighted to have won this award for a project that was both incredibly challenging and rewarding for all involved.”

Chris Brandon, Principal of Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will, said: “I am thrilled to see this unique project win such an important industry award. As architect for the interior of the Museum it was important for us to create a building and space that both protects and showcases The Mary Rose. Designed from the inside-out, the design takes many of its cues from the historic ship, allowing its hull, artefacts and exhibitions to take centre stage and create a visitor experience befitting this remarkable piece of history.”


The Mary Rose Museum

The Mary Rose captured the world’s imagination when she was raised from the seabed in 1982 – 437 years after she sank on 19th July 1545. On the 28th anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose, work to secure the future of King Henry VIII’s favourite ship began – the construction of the new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, the same dockyard at which the warship was built over 500 years earlier.

Said to be the most ambitious heritage construction project seen in Europe this decade, the delivery of such an important project was awarded to Bouygues UK, under a two-year construction programme.

The team undertook the highly complex build project, erecting the new museum building around and over the top of the ‘hot box’ which houses the Mary Rose, by first dismantling the temporary tensile structure, which together ensured her hull was kept at an optimum temperature, vital for preservation processes. The dry dock in which the ship’s hull sits is a Grade I listed structure, so all work had to be undertaken under the watchful eye of English Heritage.

31st May 2013 marked another significant day in British History – the Mary Rose Museum opened its doors to visitors, reuniting the ship with the many thousands of artefacts raised from the wreck site, carefully conserved through a painstaking and unique process in what was both a milestone in maritime archaeology and the largest underwater excavation and recovery ever undertaken in the world.

Main Contractor: Bouygues UK

Architect: Wilkinson Eyre Architects (architect) and Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will (architect for the interior)

Client: The Mary Rose Trust



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Pictured (l-r) Philippe Jouy, Group Strategy and Finance Director, Bouygues UK and Robert Lapraik, Deputy Chief Executive, Mary Rose Trust, with the winning award.
Pictured The new Museum

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Notes to Editors:

Bouygues UK operates under the following Management Units; Construction, Housing and Thomas Vale, and our property development and regeneration company, Bouygues Development.  In recent years, we have increased our presence in the UK through the acquisition of Warings, Thomas Vale, Leadbitter and Denne. These, together with our existing operations, position us as a major British player, with a combined turnover of around £800 million, approximately 150 sites and 1500 people.

Both the Construction and Housing Management Units are structured to incorporate the activities of those businesses we have acquired with those that already existed in Bouygues UK.  Leadbitter, Denne and Thomas Vale continue to trade as their legal registered entities.  However, organising the relevant market skills and expertise within these companies under the disciplines of Construction and Housing enhances the service that we provide to our customers and the communities in which we work.

Delivering innovative and sustainable construction across a wide range of sectors, we are fully committed to intelligent management throughout the entire life-cycle of each project – guaranteeing efficiency and excellence.

Our unrivalled technical project solutions, combined with the strong financial position of our Group, are key differentiators.  As a national business, we recognise the importance of providing a local focus when delivering our projects, with a particular emphasis on local purchasing and employment. We are proud that our project teams consistently receive awards for ethical and considerate construction practices.

Through our long-term commitment to our clients and stakeholders, we are Shaping a Better Life through our global strength and local focus.

Bouygues UK is wholly owned by Bouygues Bâtiment International, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction. As a global player in construction and services, Bouygues Construction designs, builds and operates buildings and structures which improve the quality of people’s living and working environment: public and private buildings, transport infrastructures and energy and communications networks. A leader in sustainable construction, the Group and its 52,200 employees have a long-term commitment to helping their customers shape a better life. In 2013, Bouygues Construction generated sales of 11.1 billion Euros.