The Queen officially re-opens the Cutty
The historic ship, the Cutty Sark, was officially opened to the
public by Her Majesty The Queen on 25th April, after the completion
of a £50 million restoration project by the Cutty Sark Trust.
The tea clipper is now elevated so that visitors can see it from
underneath as well as climb aboard, and a new exhibition space has
been created in the dry berth under the ship. Gartec was selected
by Apollo Lifts to assist them in providing the solution for the
lift requirements on this project.
Gartec supplied three Prime 7000 platform lifts for the scheme,
enabling DDA access throughout. One of the lifts is positioned
within the ship itself enabling access to three deck levels; and
the other two are positioned at the bow and the stern, linking the
exhibition space in the dry berth to the lower deck level viewing
platform. Whilst aboard, Her Majesty took a ride in one of the
Gartec's Installation Manager Ian Brewer, who accompanied Her
Majesty and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in the lift
commented, "It was a great privilege to be involved in such an
inspiring project, and a thrill that Gartec should fully meet the
clients expectations. Today was a truly unforgettable day."
Ian was responsible for the installation team who was on hand to
give advice and technical solutions throughout the project, and
reflected, "Part of the satisfaction of this project comes from
overcoming the many challenges posed by a ship of this age with
such low available head height on deck. For example, it was
necessary to design and manufacture a special low height door to
fit between decks, and that required the necessary permissions and
subsequent approval from the notified body DNV, which we pursued,
and were granted."
The flexibility of Gartec's range of platform lifts provides
many opportunities to customise each lift, making it the perfect
choice for facilitating access in any prestigious public space. In
this case Apollo lifts, in discussion with the architect, specified
bespoke glazing panels of nearly 2.5 metres in height and a special
RAL paint colour for the shaft to complement their overall design
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