This morning I visited Devonport Market Hall to see the building for myself. I visited Devonport Guildhall a few months ago to speak to RIO, who run the Guildhall, about their future plans and transforming the Market Hall is a key part of their expansion plans. I'm a huge supporter of RIO. They have done an amazing job with the Guildhall and I'm backing their efforts to regenerate Devonport Market Hall.
Devonport Market Hall was built in 1852 and is one of the few buildings to survive the Blitz. The building has been used for many things since the war and most recently was used by DML as storage when the site was behind the wall and used by the military.
The iconic tower of Devonport Market Hall
The Market Hall now sits in an area of huge regeneration with new homes being built around the building. Putting this building to a good new use is really important for the community and for the city.
RIO, working in partnership with the City Council, have plans to turn the building into a new community hub for hi-tech businesses, local firms, Plymouth University, City College and DHSB. There is an enormous potential for this space to not only create jobs but also to provide a new hub for digital industries in Plymouth. It really is exciting.
Sneak peek of Devonport Market Hall
Here's a sneak peek inside Devonport Market Hall showing the huge potential this building has.
Hearing from RIO's Ed Whitelaw about how the space will be configured inside to create new digital labs, work spaces, a cafe and educational spaces.
The staircase inside Devonport Market Hall
Have a look at a 360 degree shot I took of the inside of the Market Hall on the Photosynth website here (opens in a new window).
Devonport Market Hall is a really important building and offers the chance at building an extraordinary centre for digital industries and education. If you've got any views about the development please do get in touch.