The Cutty Sark Project: Re-presenting an icon

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


The Student Hub, Abercrombie, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Cutty Sark is the last surviving tea clipper; an example of the means by which, through trade, Britain became a global power in the 19th century and London became the largest city and port in the world. She was the high point of sailing vessels - a 'greyhound of the sea'. She was the fastest due to a revolutionary design and technology of composite monocoque construction in iron and timber. She is a globally recognised icon, and a Grade 1 listed structure.

Cutty Sark has been on display to the public since the 1950’s in Greenwich. By the mid 2000’s corrosion in the historic hull threatened the viability of maintaining the ship for the nation. Furthermore the display was outdated as a contemporary accessible visitor attraction.

This talk is the story of the project to re-present the icon to the world; of the essential conservation work and integration of a modern visitor attraction in a fragile historic structure.

Christopher Nash is a Consultant Architect and senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes. He graduated in 1978 from Bristol University School of Architecture, and was at Grimshaw Architects (Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners) as a founding Director/Partnerfor 30 years. While at Grimshaw he was responsible for many of the practice’s high profile buildings. These include the Financial Times Printing Works in London’s Docklands and the British Pavilion for the Seville Expo 92, The Western Morning News headquarters in Plymouth, the RAC Regional Headquarters in Bristol and many other projects. Having spent ten years as Managing Partner, Chris returned to leading projects. Following the success of the Zurich Airport expansion, he returned to a smaller scale of work with the Cutty Sark Conservation Project. Chris continues to practise as a consultant in architectural practice management, architectural education and property development.

Refreshments will be provided.