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CWO win Portsmouth restoration

15 September 2001

CWO, the stone and conservation specialists of the Geoffrey Osborne construction group, have won a £400,000 contract from Berkeley Festival Waterfront Company to restore the Grade II listed Vulcan Building in Gunwharf Quay, Portsmouth.

The building is in the former Royal Navy base and was previously used by the Navy for training and storage. It is now the home of the multi-million pound retail and office development, Gunwharf Quay.

The building was originally a symmetrical \'U\' shape with a central block and two wings, but the north wing was badly damaged by an incendiary bomb in 1941 and was demolished in 1955.

CWO are now rebuilding the wing and carrying out major repairs to the south wing and central block.

The restoration has been divided into two phases. The first phase involves repairs to the exterior and interior of the building\'s brick and Portland Independent Basebed stonework. Phase Two involves the clock tower, which requires a complete new pediment that will be produced in CWO\'s workshops in Chichester.

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