The iconic D-Day museum situated along the Southsea front in Portsmouth UK, originally opened in 1984 and was operation till March 2017. The building was in need of an overhaul and update throughout as well as the surrounding landscape and surfacing. The work at the museum was planned to be carried out ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day (6th June 2018).
The project in hand was not only big but also complicated, due to the museum being in a historical and protected setting. Numerous challenges had to be planned for and overcome during the course of the project.
After agreeing with the client, a combination of Natural Wicker and Sandringham aggregate blends were selected to be laid at a depth of 20mm, which would sustain the demand of footfall. The choice of blends allowed the contractor to provide distinctive areas around the Museum, highlighting walkways and other features.
This area of Portsmouth is a major tourist attraction, which sees large volumes of pedestrian traffic every year, meaning that the surface needed to be extremely durable and resilient.
The surface area to be covered was in excess of 3000m2 and required a system that could be put down quickly, and efficiently in time for the grand opening of the museum for the 75th anniversary.
With DekorGrip’s Resin Bound system chosen, the Meon team just need to find a blend match that best contrasted the museum. After agreeing with the client, a combination of Natural Wicker and Sandringham aggregate blends were selected to be laid at a depth of 20mm, which would sustain the demand of footfall. The choice of blends allowed the contractor to provide distinctive areas around the Museum, highlighting walkways and other features.
DekorGrip were also able to help the contractor throughout the project and overcome any issues encountered. Through close communication and planning of delivery, the 3000m2 was laid in a very short timescale and the museum was ready in time for the grand opening by Princess Royale.
Portsmouth’s Naval History is an important part of Portsmouth’s culture, brought alive at the D-Day Museum. An incredible renovation project that links Southsea Castle and surrounding gardens and water fountains to the public. 2019 sees the 75th commemoration of D-Day, and as such there are many events at the Museum which are well worth a visit.
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