CASE: HMS Victory

- Access walkways, landings, and stairs for public safety

"Working with the PcP team ensured the complex arrangement of steel flooring"
- Stephen Makepeace

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Power System Services
Year established
Since 1994
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
HMS Victory

HMS Victory Under Hull Walkway provides safety for the visitors


HMS Victory, situated in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, is best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar; HMS Victory currently has a dual role as the Flagship of the First Sea Lord and as a living museum to the Georgian Navy. She transferred to The National Museum of the Royal Navy in 2012.

A new Under Hull Walkway providing visitors to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with the ability to walk beneath HMS Victory

Visitors are now also able to experience the HMS Victory Under Hull Walkway. The new walkway will enable visitors to safely descend into the dry dock base and view the 3600-tonne ship from below.

Project criteria

The under-hull walkway required new access walkways, landings, and stairs for visitors to visit this ship area. Therefore, it was essential to provide a safe solution that met but exceeded the criteria for public access walkways, treads & landings while also meeting the design brief.

The solution

The solution constituted a complete solution consisting of OPTIMO O5-M treads, landings & walkways. The combination of the choice of product and material provides excellent slip resistance, multi-directional, stiletto proof, walking stick proof, DDA compliant colour contrasting Nosings, self-draining & strength to weight ratio.

The project success was determined by close collaboration with the partner, discussing product capabilities, loading criteria, etc., working closely with our technical sales & drawing office. This enabled them to detail/design their support steelwork to suit, saving them detailing time & money on unnecessary support/steel.

Additionally, PcP was involved with product development & design assistance to supply a suitable safe solution to the brief.

The result

More than 150m2 walkways/landings plus stair treads with DDA compliant nosings for public access at HMS Victory.

"Working with the PcP team ensured the complex arrangement of flooring required on this project was delivered and installed on time and fitted without any major issues. Our installation team appreciated the manner in which the deliveries were made and packaged helping speed up our installation task. The team were always keen to help and address any issues. Looking forward to working with PcP on future projects".


Stephen Makepeace
General Manager, Power System Services Lt


  • High strength

  • DDA compliance

  • Loading Calculations

  • Drawings

  • Safe and comfortable to walk on

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