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Case Studies

Devonport Guildhall

By 13th November 2013 No Comments
devonport guildhall

Breathing new life into redundant buildings

devonport guildhall


Devonport, Plymouth


2009 – present


Office of the Third Sector’s Community Asset programme, Plymouth City Council, Devonport Regeneration Community Partnership (DRCP)

The challenge:

How can we breathe new life into a redundant landmark building, to not only refurbish and reopen it, but find a sustainable business model to keep it alive for years to come?

The RIO solution:Through social enterprise – creating a hub for social enterprise and cultural and community activity!

RIO acquired the near derelict Grade I listed Devonport Guildhall in 2007 and quickly set about securing the funding required to turn the dream of creating a social enterprise hub into a reality.

We were successful in securing a grant of £1.75million from the Government’s Community Assets Fund and with help and support from Plymouth City Council and the former DRCP, RIO refurbished and reopened the Guildhall to the public in 2010.

Now home to a number of successful social enterprises, including RIO, Devonport Guildhall serves the community as a cultural centre and venue for conferences, events, weddings and entertainment with the addition of an artisan bakery and the refurbishment and reopening of Devonport Column in 2013.

  • Grade I listed Guildhall
  • £1.75 million renovation project
  • Home to six social enterprises
  • Attracting 35,000 visitors per year
  • Artisan Baker
  • Devonport Column Visitor attraction

To find out more about Devonport Guildhall please visit www.devonportguildhall.org

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