Design team appointed for Market Hall development

Apr 7, 2016

Four south west firms have successfully secured key roles in the Market Hall development in Devonport, Plymouth.

Le Page Architects, Ward Williams Associates (quantity surveying), Hoare Lea (mechanical and electrical design) and Clarkebond (structural design) have been appointed by RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – to work up the detailed plans to move the Market Hall development forward. Ward Williams will also take on the Project Management role.

A partnership between RIO, Plymouth City Council, i-DAT at Plymouth University and City College Plymouth, the Market Hall will be a new space for digital providing office, lab and teaching space, cultural spaces for conferencing and expo, an exciting education, learning and engagement programme serving the full pipeline from Primary School to Professional, and a unique digital visitor offer. The £5million project is due for completion in late 2017, opening to the public in 2018.

Ed Whitelaw, Head of Enterprise and Regeneration at RIO, leads the Market Hall development, he said:

“We’re delighted to have appointed such a high quality, experienced design team. This is a landmark project for Plymouth and the wider region and it is great to have the last elements of our design team now in place.

“The Market Hall will help put Plymouth further on the map in terms of digital, building on the world class research and development already happening in the city and creating an opportunity for more people and more businesses to benefit from what new technologies have to offer.

“We look forward to working with Le Page Architects, Ward Williams, Hoare Lea and Clarke Bond as we turn our vision for the Market Hall into a reality.”

Damon Pearce, a Director at Le Page Architects and Architect for the Market Hall said:

“We are delighted to have been appointed for this pioneering project. The concept will embody the local community of Devonport and Plymouth. We are excited by the opportunity to work with both a wonderful building and with such a challenging brief.”

Andrew Gilbert for Ward Williams Associates said:

“We are delighted to be involved in this high profile project for Plymouth, which is part of the wider regeneration of the city. WWA have been involved in a number of transformative schemes which have sought to improve the cultural landscape and enhance the area as a fantastic place to work, live and visit.

“The Market Hall building, which has been derelict for years, will provide a digital and creative hub, attracting investment and providing a catalyst for growth in these sectors”.

Stuart Ross, Executive Mechanical Engineer, leads the Hoare Lea team on the Market Hall development, he said:

“We’re delighted to have been appointed as part of the design team for this exciting and prominent project for Plymouth. We are providing Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health engineering design services, as well as specialist input, including BREEAM, Acoustic Engineering and Fire Engineering.

“It is great to be part of such a pro-active design team and to work with such a forward thinking client. We look forward to playing our part in delivering a world class digital facility for arts and enterprise, which we are sure will be a great asset for the city.”

Neil Marks for Clarkebond said

“We look forward to bringing the historic cast and ductile iron structure into the new digital age and enhancing what is a stunning Plymouth asset.”

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