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Cutty Sark refurbishment starts this week

A £25M project to suspend the Cutty Sark 3m above its current position in order to refurbish it started on site in Greenwich this week.
Under structural works, designed by Buro Happold, the world famous tea clipper that set sail in 1869 will have a triangular steel structure inserted into the hull.The steel structure will be supported by 24 steel arms at 4m intervals that will take the loads out of the ship and into the ground.The steel arms will be surrounded by a glass apron that will create an events space in the dry berth under the ship with space for 300 diners. 'The new works will be clearly distinguishable so that each visitor knows what is historic and what is not,' said Simon Beames, senior architect at Grimshaw/YouMeHeShe design team. Meanwhile, parts of the ship such as the masts and the weather deck will be dismantled and taken away to be restored.

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