Blog/Further Redevelopment at Royal William Yard

Royal William Yard. Redevelopment of former Naval Base in Plymouth by Urban Splash.

Royal William Yard in Plymouth, southwest England, is a  Grade I Listed ex-naval victualling yard. It was built  between 1825 and 1831 and used by the Royal Navy to process food, drink and supplies. 

 

The Melville Building at Plymouth’s Royal William Yard site is one of the last buildings to be renovated by developer Urban Splash and will be converted into office, retail and leisure space.

The Melville Building at Royal William Yard in Plymouth has been redeveloped by Urban Splash and will offer opportunities for office, retail and leisure space

Melville is one of the last buildings on the Royal William Yard siteto be redeveloped by Urban Splash.

 

Regeneration specialist Urban Splash is one of the largest developers in the UK. Founded in 1993 by entrepreneur Tom Bloxham and architect Johnathan Falkingham and headquartered in Manchester, Urban Splash has since expanded across the UK, undertaking more than 60 regeneration projects and earning over 400 awards for architecture, regeneration, marketing and enterprise.

Over the past 26 years, Urban Splash has invested over a billion pounds in regeneration and created over 5,000 new homes and 2 million sq foot of work space. Design is a major priority for the company, which employs well respected architects such as Foster and Partners, ShedKM, Will Alsop, FAT Architects and Glenn Howells to help them rescue many great industrial landmarks of the past.

One such landmark painstakingly revived by Urban Splash is Royal William Yard in Plymouth, southwest England. The Grade I Listed ex-naval victualling yard was formerly used by the Royal Navy to process food, drink and supplies. Constructed between 1825 and 1831, Royal William Yard is considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain and the largest collection of Grade I Listed military buildings in Europe. The 15-acre site has its own marina and dramatic views across Plymouth Sound.

A reimaging of the old naval site as an up-market mixed use development was first conceived by award-winning architects Ferguson Mann. Ferguson Mann designed the modern office, retail and restaurant environment to retain as many of the original features of the historic buildings as possible.

Work is now being undertaken by Gillespie Yunnie on the Melville Building, the striking centrepiece of Royal William Yard and one of the last remaining buildings to be completed on the waterside site. The 90,000 sq. ft building will host a mixture of office, retail and leisure space from 300 to 10,000 sq. ft.

The scheme retains the Melville building's original Georgian features, from the timber double loading bay doors to the historic Crittall and timber sash windows. Urban Splash commercial director Emily Handslip explains: “This is such a special building and we want to embrace all of the original features it has to offer, sensitively restoring the exposed timber beams, cast iron columns and historic limestone and granite facades to create spectacular, well-designed spaces for businesses.”

Melville is one of the last remaining buildings on the Royal William Yard development in Plymouth to be developed by Urban Splash

Exposed timber beams and cast iron columns will be preserved in the careful redevelopment of Melville, Royal William Yard.

 

“This is such a special building and we want to embrace all of the original features it has to offer, sensitively restoring the exposed timber beams, cast iron columns and historic limestone and granite facades to create spectacular, well-designed spaces for businesses.”

Melville is at the centre of the Royal William Yard development by Urban Splash and now offers beautiful new spaces for businesses

Large open plan spaces such as this can be split up if smaller businesses want to move in. Developer Urban Splash is keen to remain flexible.

 

Over 55% of the available space has already exchanged or is under offer, but it won’t be long before the iconic architecture and unique coastal destination draw in more businesses. Hanslip says: “Royal William Yard is a destination that pushes the boundaries of creativity, innovation and discovery, resulting in a unique community in which people want to live, work and play. We look forward to welcoming even more businesses to that mix as we complete Melville.”

 

Melville is the latest development at Royal William Yard and will offer a range of business units in the former naval buildings

Business units up to 100,000 sq ft will be available once the redevelopment of Melville is complete.

 

“The Yard is a destination that pushes the boundaries of creativity, innovation and discovery, resulting in a unique community in which people want to live, work and play. We look forward to welcoming even more businesses to that mix as we complete Melville.”

The regeneration of Royal William Yard in Plymouth now includes the Melville Building which will provide 90,000 sq. ft of office, retail and leisure space.

Original Georgian features such as the historic Crittall and timber sash windows will be sensitively restored.

 

The Melville Building is situated in Royal William Yard, the Grade I listed ex-Naval victualling yard in Plymouth. It is undergoing redevelopment by Urban Splash and will offer 90,000 sq ft of office, retail and leisure space.

Large open plan floor spaces make Melville the ideal location for businesses seeking new headquarters.

 

The redeveloped Melville Building at Royal William Yard in Plymouth will provide office space

Businesses will be able to create distinctive office spaces at the newly developed Melville building.

 

The Melville Building at Royal William Yard in Plymouth is being redeveloped and will offer space for more restaurants

There is ample space for inviting restaurants around the internal courtyard of the Melville building.