A boatshed and more
The Longshed design has been specified by the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) at Lowestoft, to be large enough to build a full-size reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo ship measuring almost 90ft (27m).
A full-size banner of the Anglo-Saxon ship in the Longshed
Space below the mezzanine gallery will be used for skiff-building projects alongside the Anglo-Saxon ship reconstruction.
Visitor access to the mezzanine is via stairs to be constructed beside the front entrance to the ground floor of the shed. The mezzanine will provide opportunities to explore ideas, try things out and find out about boats and boat-building, local maritime heritage and the people who lived and worked on the River Deben. Stairs down to the shed will provide access for people working on projects.
The complementary functions of the shed and the Museum provide a unique opportunity for visitors to find out about Anglo-Saxon times and the environment in which the ship was used and also to see in practice how it was constructed.
The Boatshed is a steel-framed portal type structure with profiled insulated roof and walls. It is being handed over as a “shell” building. The Trust is responsible for installing the electrics (lighting, power for tools, heating), public access stairs to the mezzanine, a mess room/office on the ground floor and two offices on the mezzanine floor for supervisors and volunteers. The slip is to be restored or rebuilt as necessary, by the developer.
The internal dimensions are 32m deep and width varying from 19metres at to 15m . Minimum head height in the ‘Ship’ area is 4metres.
For technical information on the Waterfront Community Longshed, contact Bryan Knibbs: anglosaxonsrus.gmail.com