World famous ship surrounded by sea of Caithness Stone
6th September 2012
Thousands of tourists beating a path to Greenwich, home of the Olympic Equestrian Centre and Royal Museums Greenwich, may find their feet on Caithness stone if they also stop by the world’s last surviving tea clipper.
One of the world’s most famous ships, the Cutty Sark was devastated by fire in 2007, but opened again to the public this year in grand style after six years of intensive conservation work. Having been located in Greenwich since 1954 visitors can now view her from around, aboard and even underneath.
7,000 sq metres of Scotland’s Caithness Flagstone has been laid around the ship, which itself has northern roots having been built in Dumbarton on Scotland's west coast.
It has been a massive, high profile project for A&D Sutherland of Spittal in the north of Scotland.
Managing Director of the family owned business, Mark Mancini, commented: "We were absolutely delighted to win such a prestigious project which has involved every member of our team over the past two years. The flagstones, which were a variety of precise shapes and colours as requested by the project’s architects, were transported by a combination of road and rail to London."
"The £50m conservation project was re-opened by the Queen at the end of April. We haven’t actually been to see the finished job yet – but are planning a visit in November."
The Caithness company supplied the flagstones to be laid by specialist firm VolkerHighways, which had the overall contract for landscaping around the historic ship.
A&D Sutherland has been supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) over a number of years. As well as working on a growth plan with the company HIE has helped fund vital cutting equipment to allow them to deliver the wide range of services on offer.
HIE’s Head of Business Growth, Annemarie Monteforte commented: "Having seen them myself at Greenwich, I can say the flagstones look absolutely spectacular and it is no surprise that this job has lead to additional interest from other London projects. We are delighted to have supported A&D Sutherland to buy the precision equipment which allows their skilled staff to meet very demanding specifications for this beautiful stone. It has opened up a new market and range of opportunities for the local firm."
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From Highland and Islands Enterprise. Further to Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop's announcement this morning that the Scottish Government's additional Â£100m fund for businesses impacted by COVID-19 will be open for applications from 2pm, we wanted to provide you with more information about this support.
We would like to reassure you that HIE is doing all it can to gather information and work with Scottish Government to ensure that the appropriate support is reaching our communities and local economy. We hope to soon have more detail about how to access the recently announced Scottish Government grants to help communities affected by Covid19 https://www.gov.scot/news/helping-communities-affected-by-covid-19 You will have seen new headlines emerging daily at a national and UK level with proposed measures to help individuals, businesses and communities.
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