One of the first examples of a building constructed with an internal metal frame with massive iron girders to support boat storage on the upper floors. The eastern end of the building was badly damaged at first and second floor level during World War 2 and this allowed the insertion of a new auditorium when the building was converted for public use by the Trust. Architects McCormac Jamieson Prichard also added an external stair tower and new roof.
The refurbishment and conversion won a Civic Trust Award in 2003.
Listed Grade 2*
Action Stations exhibition (ground and first floors); offices (second floor)
Captain James Beatson, Royal Engineers
Restored & converted by PNBPT
MacCormac Jamieson Prichard
HBG Special Projects Ltd