Project Overview

Due to open in 2020 the Market Hall is a new kind of digital hub. Situated in Devonport, Plymouth city’s transformational docklands, the Market Hall will be a world class centre for digital, research, enterprise and culture. Drawing DNA from across the globe the 22,500sf space will bring together four central elements:

  • 3000 square foot of bespoke-quality office, lab and teaching space for a range digital creative companies and organisations;
  • a cultural, corporate events space with a seating for up to 350 people and an expo capacity of 600, with multiple adjoining breakout spaces and café bar;
  • a digital visitor experience of touring programmes, screen and installation based work and programmed activity to the enlighten the eager and entertain the expert; and
  • an exciting and engaging education and outreach learning programme for all. Both on and offsite, for communities, companies and schools, creating a unique learning pipeline from primary through to industry.

Echoing Devonport’s rich naval global heritage of technical and social innovation the Grade II listed Market Hall is part of the city’s central west end PL1 destination, offering coach and car parking with over 50 spaces. With excellent road, rail and bus transport links the Market Hall is immediately adjacent to the region’s enterprise zone at South Yard, the new marine industries research, innovation, production and deployment site.

The Market Hall is a partnership that aims to support the growth of digital in Plymouth. There are six problems we’re working to help solve:

  • Visibility – how can we celebrate the city’s thriving digital sector?
  • Talent – we want to attract and recruit more great graduates to the city, retain those skills here and ultimately become a magnet for talent from across the world.
  • Skills – how can we better help our businesses, communities and schools grasp every benefit new technologies have to offer.
  • Culture – Plymouth is increasingly one the regions hotspots for culture, heritage and arts, we want to add to that offer.
  • Regeneration – Reimagining the Devonport Market Hall as a new space for digital is central to the city’s regeneration strategy.
  • Social Tech – We love solving social, environmental, economic and cultural problems – digital is another growing great way of doing this.

Europe’s first immersive dome

The feature piece of the Market Hall development is the inclusion of a 15m immersive dome, built in a new section attached to the Grade II listed building.

Perfect for creating immersive, virtual reality and mixed reality experiences, the impressive dome will envelop visitors reaching 360° around and 210° above audiences.

This is the first of its kind in Europe and will help the Market Hall to become a centre for culture and the arts.

The dome will be used for films, sports, dance and other screenings.

Build team

Market Hall Partners

Partners

Market Hall Partners

“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.”

Ed WhitelawHead of Enterprise and Regeneration, Real Ideas Organisation

Redrow

The repair works carried out previously by Redrow on the historic fabric of the Market Hall have kept the building watertight and secure over the last few years. We look forward to beginning the enabling works to prepare for the start of construction.

As design work progresses; the layout, servicing, look and feel of the building are all developing fast in preparation for planning submission in the spring. Great consideration is being given to ensure the character of the existing building with a modern twist is captured in the new extension. This is to give a sympathetic and cohesive profile that reflects the technological future of the building.

History

1852

Devonport Market Hall is built

Post WWII (1945 onwards)

Dockyard enclave expands to include much of the town of Devonport, including the Market Hall

1999

English Heritage designates Devonport Market Hall as a Grade II listed building

2001

Masterplan for Devonport published

2005

Parts of Devonport formerly in the Dockyard enclave are handed back as part of the New Deal for Communities programme

2006

Dockyard wall removed

2007

RIO takes on the nearby Devonport Guildhall

2010

RIO opens the now restored Devonport Guildhall as a social enterprise hub

2012

RIO secures Heritage Lottery Fund investment to restore and reopen Devonport Column

May 2013

RIO reopens Devonport Column

Dec 2013

Creative Digital Hub plans announced for Devonport Market Hall

2015

Digital Futures programme launches, showcasing the kind of digital activity which people will be able to engage with once the doors to the refurbished Market Hall open in 2017

2018

Enabling work begins

2019

Contractors are secured and on site work begins