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Mary Rose home demolition starts

Artist's impression of the planned museum (Wilkinson Eyre)
The ship will be re-displayed four years after the museum is complete

Demolition work has begun on part of Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard which houses the Mary Rose ship.

Chiefs of the Mary Rose Trust symbolically launched the first phase of the project to build a new museum around the wrecked vessel.

The canopy, which covered the Tudor ship for 26 years, and the surrounding buildings will be taken down by contractor Warings.

The new building, costing £35m, is due to be complete in 2012.

The ship, which is currently being sprayed with preservative 24 hours a day, will eventually be dried out and displayed in the new building.

The trust needs to raise £2m by March 2010. Hampshire County Council has agreed to match the money raised.

Project liaison officer Brian Robinson said: "Demolition of a building is quite a violent affair and while we do that, and remembering that this is reclaimed land, we must make sure that we don't disturb the hull."

The dry dock, which is home to the Mary Rose, is a Grade I Listed structure which was in use while the HMS Victory, also housed at the dockyard, was in service.

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