Cutty Sark Restoration

Project Data


National Heritage Trust

Access Value



Access / Temporary Roof



Construction Value




Main Contractor

Gardiner & Theobald




The historic 150 year old ‘Grade 1 Listed’ Cutty Sark is a top London attraction and is the world’s only surviving Tea Clipper Ship. Following a disastrous fire in May 2007 this ‘Heritage Lottery Funded Project’ set about delicately rebuilding the ship piece by piece. The ambitious restoration plan saw the ship raised eleven foot off the ground, allowing a glass over function space to go underneath. Steel beams were punched through the ship to hold it elevated in the air.


Raising the ship has helped preserve her shape; providing visitors and tourists with a unique opportunity to walk under a three-masted sailing ship and to appreciate the lines of the hull, which allowed her to glide speedily through the water during her voyages.


Due to the very delicate and specialist nature of this job, PHD were appointed the designated access provider. Along with a range of interior access requirements, it was imperative that the ship was completely protected from the ill effects of the UK weather. A custom made temporary roof, full encapsulation and rain water flow drainage are just some of the solutions already undertaken by PHD. The Cutty Sark was fully restored to its former glory with a grand unveiling just before the commencement of the London 2012 Olympic games.