Case Study - No 1 Smithery, Chatham, UK

Project data

  • Customer
  • Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust
  • Value
  • £2m
  • Area
  • 45,337 sq ft
  • Programme duration
  • 27 weeks
  • Completion date
  • June 2010


ISG undertook a refurbishment project at The Historic Dockyard Chatham to create a new museum and cultural venue, No.1 Smithery, to display and store nationally important maritime collections, especially models, art and other objects from two national museums – the National Maritime Museum and the Imperial War Museum. 

As well as being one of Kent’s premier visitor attractions, The Historic Dockyard has featured as the backdrop to a number of television dramas and films including The World is Not Enough, The Mummy and Sherlock Holmes. 

No 1 Smithery

The Project

Working within a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM), which once used to support the building and repair of the Royal Navy’s ships, ISG carried out a comprehensive fit out programme to create purpose-built high tech display galleries, a temporary exhibition space, education and interactive areas, together with state-of-the-art storage and research facilities. 

ISG upgraded and installed new mechanical and electrical services to support the high- specification exhibition space. The facility meets the highest standards to house the national museum collections and international touring exhibitions.