Cutty Sark restoration to be completed by 2012

Government tops-up funds to meet Olympics deadline

Top-up funding to ensure the restoration of the Cutty Sark is completed by 2012 has been announced by the government. At the same time Greenwich is to become a Royal Borough in recognition of the area’s World Heritage status.

Cutty Sark was seriously damaged by fire in the midst of a planned restoration programme in May 2007, increasing the cost of the project to £46 million. The Government contribution, via the Department of Culture, Media and Sport is a relatively modest £3million. The Heritage Lottery Fund has provided £23million, with £12million from private donors large and small, including £1million from the Michael Edwards Foundation.
Interim chairman of the Cutty Sark Trust, Maldwin Drummond said:
“As custodians of the ship, my trustees and I are hugely moved by the enormous generosity displayed by so many to ensure that this ship is preserved for future generations. Undeniably, it has been a very difficult year for us, but particular thanks are due to the energetic efforts and persuasive skills of Lord Sterling and to Cllr Roberts, Leader of Greenwich Council, in closing the funding gap.”

The controversial development plans, recently subject to criticism in Classic Boat, will see the 140-year-old old clipper suspended above a walkway in the dry-dock, with new steel framing to tie the fabric together and support the installation of a new stainless-steel lift shaft, and the loss of some of the original planking.

However, as part of a ‘gateway’ to Greenwich for visitors arriving by the river, the DLR and the refurbished Brunel foot tunnel under the Thames, the Cutty Sark will once again provide an iconic focal point.

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