RETAINED ARCHITECT: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL BASE PROPERTY TRUST

Pritchard Architecture have been appointed as the retained conservation architects for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. As part of this role we undertake quinquennial inspections and advise on conservation and repair work on over 45 individual buildings across 2 sites.

Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust is a charitable property company responsible for the conservation and re-use of the buildings in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is the publicly accessible part of Portsmouth Naval Base. It holds a 99-year lease of the area from the Ministry of Defence and sub-lets property to the Historic Dockyard attractions - Mary Rose, Royal Naval Museum, HMS Warrior 1860, and to commercial tenants.

The majority of buildings and structures in the Historic Dockyard are Grade I and Grade II* Listed Buildings as well as a number of Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

The Trust’s main function is that of landlord and guardian of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. It is responsible for keeping the historic buildings in a good state of repair, for collecting rents and service charges from its tenants, and for refurbishing empty or redundant buildings for appropriate new commercial uses. This ensures that the historic buildings and structures are safeguarded for the enjoyment of future generations.

Our role as the retained architect to the Trust includes undertaking quinquennial inspections across the estates and advising on the priority conservation and repair works required. We work closely with the in-house conservation team to ensure that conservation works are carried out correctly and to a high standard. We undertake feasibility studies at the early stage of projects to test whether new uses can be found for the redundant buildings. We also advise the Trust, as Landlord, on applications made by tenants on proposed works to alter the existing buildings.

Project Details

  • Client: Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust

  • Designation: Scheduled Ancient Monuments, Grade I, II* and II Listed Buildings

  • Status: Ongoing Contract

Clare Dawe