Portsmouth Historic Dockyard



Boathouse 4 was undergoing extensive restoration and the plan was to open it as a Boatbuilding and Heritage Skills Centre including hands on exhibition on small naval craft including interactives, av displays and suspended displays of boats.


Over a six month period Paragon Creative’s specialist teams were engaged on the detail design and manufacture of various bespoke interactives, av displays, suspended rigged exhibits, graphic design and bespoke joinery exhibits. 

The project underwent many design changes which were managed through a change control process, this combined with our drawing sign off, sample and prototyping processes meant the changes were incorporated quickly and without issue. 

We worked with local contractors where possible including the provision of a very specialist flooring design which had to be cut exactly to our design to work with the other exhibits. 

To minimise disruption on site and costs, we produced all of the exhibits off site, minimal site works took place. We ensured the client was kept fully up to date on progress by photo updates and client visits to the workshop to test the interactives and sign off the quality of the exhibits. 

Our work had to be very closely coordinated with the principle building contractor as works on the rest of the building were ongoing during our fit out. This required effective communication with the client team to ensure scheduled installation of certain objects only after the site was dust free. The rigging of the boats also required careful programming especially as one was suspended over the main works entrance to the site.

Our Client:Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Designed by:Real Studios

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