The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

Project: The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

Kebony AS, is delighted to unveil its contribution to the new £27m Mary Rose museum, which opened to the public for the first time on 31st May 2013.  Kebony’s award-winning alternative to tropical hardwood and toxic-treated wood has been selected as the material of choice for the decking at the museum for its sustainable, aesthetic and durable qualities, able to withstand the harsh sea-front environment.

The Mary Rose museum is an important monument to the UK’s maritime history, housing many of the 19,000 artefacts that were retrieved from the hull of the Mary Rose which was raised from the seabed in 1982.  The building is designed to complement the shape and design of the Mary Rose, to reflect the significance of the site. The historical treasure in the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard was launched in 1511 and saw 34 years of service as Henry VIII’s warship, before sinking in 1545. The building’s opening coincides with the final phase of the ship’s conservation, which when complete will preserve the ship for the next 70,000 years.

An appropriate choice, Kebony wood is sustainable, environmentally-friendly, non-toxic, easily-maintained and resistant to decay. Its impressive durability and long lifespan in harsh climates makes Kebony the perfect choice for this new harbour-side landmark. Kebony is also beautifully aesthetic and will evolve over time to achieve a silver-grey patina, perfectly complementing of its marine setting.

Jan Terje Nielsen, Marketing Director at Kebony, comments: “It is wonderful that Kebony has been selected for this incredible building.  The use of wood in this project is a crucial design aspect; it was a vital construction material 500 years ago and the innovation of Kebony and the Kebonization process means that wood can continue to be used in construction and building without threatening our environment or natural resources”.

In recognition of its revolutionary approach, Kebony was twice acknowledged as one of the world’s most promising clean technology companies in the highly competitive Global Cleantech 100. Other accolades received by the company include being shortlisted for the Ethical Corporation Responsible Business 2013 Awards and longlisted in The Guardian’s 2013 Sustainable Business Award. Kebony has also been recognised for its innovative technology and high performance product, in the last year these include Best Business Award for Best Innovation, shortlisted for the Housebuilder Best Product Award, and inclusion in Cleantech Connect’s top 50 Most Innovative Company’s.