Due to open in autumn 2016, but ready to enjoy now, the partnership behind the Devonport Market Hall redevelopment stages its first open day – Digital Futures – at Devonport Guildhall from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 20th June.
This free event, sponsored by house developer Redrow, is open to all and offers fun and learning for friends, families and businesses alike. Packed full of tech workshops, interactive installations and digital demonstrations; come along and try your hand at computer coding, play the latest games, build your own interactive models, experience the latest technology of Oculus Rift and immersive 360 projections, there may even be some drones! There will also be an opportunity to meet the team and partners and see the latest plans for the Market Hall redevelopment.
Once refurbished Devonport Market Hall will be a digital centre for arts, community activity, enterprise and visitors. With funding secured to begin work, the project is due to start on site this summer, with completion planned for the autumn 2016. The project is led by local social enterprise, RIO (the Real Ideas Organisation), in partnership with Plymouth City Council, the Institute of Digital Arts and Technology (i-DAT at Plymouth University), City College Plymouth, Devonport High School for Boys and seven of the brightest tech companies in the region.
In addition to providing office, lab and teaching space for the partners, the Market Hall will also offer space for events and meetings, a range of education programmes and a digital arts visitor centre.
Ed Whitelaw, Head of Regeneration and Enterprise for RIO said “Since 2007 we’ve made a long term commitment to Devonport and working with local residents and key partners such as Devonport Community First and Redrow, the neighbourhood has become a really great place to live, work and enjoy. The Market Hall is the next big step, capturing the community’s heritage of innovation, creating jobs and providing key support for our schools.”