This multiple award winning project, The Command of The Oceans at the Chatham Historic Dockyards in Kent is a unique project.
It combines the conservation and re-use of important historic buildings with a bold and contemporary new building to provide a new visitor building and visitor entrance.
The striking new black zinc clad building provides a link between the two existing 18th Century timber framed buildings dating from the age of sail. It also provide and an under-croft for the conservation and preservation of the "ship beneath the floor" , the archaeological discovery of an 18th century warship built at Chatham.
To create the world class visitor attraction, the internal spaces within the existing buildings were extensively refurbished and adapted as part of the contract, ensuring the Grade II Listed Wheelwrights building was adapted for the public display of the warship. These spaces along with the new spaces were also fitted out to provide a range of new visitor facilities including exhibition spaces, retail and catering. Other work included significant external decorations and landscaping works.