Writing in Building Design, the magazine that organises the award, critic Ellis Woodman calls the remodelled glass canopy upon which the tea clipper rests “spectacularly wrongheaded” and argues that it “tragically [defiles] the very thing it sets out to save”. He also likens it to another notorious botched restoration, that of the Spanish woman who ruined (or, one might argue, improved) a prized fresco.
Andrew Gilligan has previously branded the project a “a clucking, Grade A, Bernard Matthews-class turkey“, while some conservation groups have argued that hoisting the vessel off the ground has weakened its structural integrity.
Was the restoration a failure, or are the critics wrong on this one? Let us know what you think.