Mary Rose Trust must now raise £7m to secure full grant for museum inspired by a wooden jewellery box

Wilkinson Eyre’s design for a new £35million museum to house the Tudor warship the Mary Rose has today been granted planning permission by Portsmouth City Council.

The new museum will allow the remains of the ship’s hull together with thousands of unseen artefacts to be reunited for the first time in 500 years.

The design has been conceived as a finely crafted wooden jewellery box with a curvilinear shape derived from the historic dry dock below and a dark stained timber cladding exterior which reflects the hull of the boat as well as traditional boat shed architecture.

The Mary Rose Trust must now raise a further £7million to secure the full grant to make it possible to build the museum. The Trust’s chief executive John Lippiett said. “We can now submit our stage two application with real confidence. We have the planning approval; we have demonstrated considerable success in raising half the money required and are buoyant that we can raise the remainder.”

The design team includes Wilkinson Eyre Architects, interior architects Pringle Brandon and exhibition designers Land Design Studio. Structural and M&E engineers are Gifford.