A UK-based design consultancy is to oversee designs as part of an extensive revamp of Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2.

The ship is to undergo a multimillion-pound refit while in dry dock for 25 days next year which will see the addition of 15 single cabins and 30 Britannia Club cabins.

SMC Design, based in London, is to lead the development of the ship’s interior spaces in preparation for the refurbishment taking place between May 27 and June 21.

The new designs will introduce completely new areas and venues to the ship, from cabins to dining, as well as refreshing existing areas.

Cunard marketing director, Angus Struthers, said: “As well as being the most famous ship in the world, Queen Mary 2 is the most important and iconic so it is essential to keep her in excellent condition and ensure that what she offers is continually ahead of the rest.

“The work undertaken so far has been an impressive collaboration between ourselves, SMC and thousands of Cunard guests to ensure we are taking the right approach with our flagship.

“SMC Design has an unrivalled reputation and, having worked with them on several prestigious Cunard projects in the past, we have every confidence in their ability to produce a revitalised and stunning flagship in 2016. What is already a magnificent ship will become even more magnificent.”

SMC managing director, Andrew Collier, added: “Cunard has a unique rich heritage in both the nautical and design fields and we have researched into these and looked to incorporate aspects of pattern and design into our plans.

“Particular attention has been paid to taking inspiration from the original Queen Mary and our aim is to enhance existing designs as well as implement a decorative overhaul, looking to emphasise the feeling of understated elegance.

“Clean lines and simple designs will instill as sense of glamour and relaxation. We are very excited to be part of the project to bring a new look and style for the world’s most famous ship.”