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Royal Armouries Fort Nelson Renovation

Fareham, UK

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Rubb was tasked with rejuvenating Fort Nelson’s exhibition hall, home of the Royal Armouries museum.

Several new features have been added to breathe new life into the facility.

Over 30 years since its original construction, the chevron-shaped structure’s single sheet PVC sheeting has been replaced for the first time with 150mm Thermohall® in an olive green colour. This will help the large open space of the museum maintain an ambient temperature throughout the UK’s winter months and allow visitors to explore the exhibitions comfortably.

As well as the Thermohall® reskin, several modernising additions to were requested to update the functionality of the structure. An internal partition wall was constructed at the bottom of the structure to create a workshop area. Access is provided by a new 5m x 5m roller shutter door. Additionally, new ventilation covers were implemented to help circulate the air.

Despite being an extensive revamp, there was no need to replace the galvanized steel framework which is in perfect working condition with over 30 years of use.

The building itself is a unique construction due to its chevron shape. Originally half the size, increased space was required to house the growing collection of historic artillery, most of which are very large. To meet this need, a second building was constructed and attached in the chevron shape it is seen as today. The chevron design was necessary due to limited available space and aims to match the construction of Fort Nelson itself.

This was a large project due to the size and location of the building. It meant having up to 6 Rubb employees on site for a prolonged period of time working in all weather conditions with other sub-contractors and substantial plant. I have to say that from beginning to end the attitude in planning, consultation and delivery of the project was excellent. The Rubb ‘crew’ were very easy and pleasant to work with and they were missed by staff when the project completed! In terms of health & safety, hard work, avoidance of disruption and working collaboratively with staff on site I was extremely impressed. I would have no hesitation in recommending them for any new or refurbished projects.

Operations Manager at Royal Armouries – Fort Nelson Nigel Hosier

It’s been great working with both Frank Riley and his team on this project, breathing new life into the Rubb building with our patented Thermohall® PVC fabric. The customer is very happy with the new additions and hopes our insulated fabric can last for another 30 years. Working on a project which contains so much history is fantastic, and I’m glad that our structure can protect these historical armaments for future generations.

Rubb UK'S Service and Maintenance Manager Henry Robinson-Moore

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