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Historic Scotland appoints DTZ to undertake options appraisal for Carrick

28 April 2010

Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop today, 28th April 2010, announced that Historic Scotland has commissioned DTZ to undertake the Options Appraisal for the SV Carrick.

The SV Carrick, also known as the City of Adelaide, is an A-listed ship berthed in Irvine.

DTZ has extensive experience of assessing proposals, and has worked with Historic Scotland in the past on a range of projects.  They have been appointed to provide an appraisal of current options for the ship, including its possible relocation to Sunderland or South Australia.  

The Minister said:  “The appointment of DTZ to carry out this review is a very positive step and will help us to determine the best outcome for the SV Carrick. There are several options to consider: whether the Carrick is moved to Sunderland, Adelaide in Australia or retained in a different location in Scotland. The alternative is a managed deconstruction of the vessel.

“Officials from Historic Scotland and the Scottish Government have held a wide range of discussions with a number of bodies and individuals regarding this category A listed ship.  

“These have included the Scottish Maritime Museum, National Historic Ships Advisory Committee, (the UK wide body with a remit for historic vessels), North Ayrshire Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, groups from Sunderland, (SCARF) and from Australia, (The Clipper Ship, City of Adelaide Ltd) and the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

“I am pleased to see that we are making progress towards reaching a fully informed and open decision on the best solution for the ship.“

DTZ has appointed Sir Neil Cossons, the former Director of the Maritime Museum in Greenwich and a former Chair of English Heritage, to provide technical expertise for the project based on his extensive experience, particularly in the realm of maritime heritage.

Notes for editors

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