Scaffolding Contractor sought for HMS Victory


A search is underway for a specialist scaffolding firm to erect major scaffolding works for the restoration of HMS Victory in Portsmouth.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is looking to appoint a scaffolding contractor or contractors to support a major conservation programme of works planned for HMS Victory in Portsmouth.

The programme which will commence in late 2021 will see much-needed conservation work to ensure the long-term preservation of the World – Class Historic Vessel and an exemplar of a Royal Navy capital warship from the Age of Sail.

The NMRN is seeking scaffolding companies that ideally have experience in working with heritage/conservation projects and incorporating and working alongside visitor access to the ship.

A Prior Information Notice was made public on the MyTenders website for the job with a value of £2m.

The NMRN is seeking contractors to provide a multi-level (or variable level) tented access and work platform to support the removal and replacement of planking and a weather-tight enclosure for essential conservation work to be undertaken.

The Museum also requires the construction of site office and welfare facilities for the scaffolding construction personnel within a secure area to allow public access to the museum and ship.

Work is anticipated in four stages, each of approximately 3 years, the notice reads.

The scaffold design must incorporate provisions for internal and external visitor experience. And also include ventilation systems and fire detection and suppression systems, including fire curtains and sprinklers to prevent damage to the ship while the works are carried out.

HMS Victory is a 104-gun ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched in 1765. She is best known for her role as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar.

You can read the full Prior Information Notice that includes contact details and further information by clicking here.