The transformation of the derelict Devonport Market Hall into a digital centre for arts, community activity, enterprise and visitors has taken a step forward. Clarkebond structural engineers have been commissioned to prepare for a detailed planning submission and for tendering the works.
Clarkebond has previously provided engineering services for the refurbishment of the Market Hall’s clock tower and carried out extensive in situ testing of cast and ductile iron structures and also timber testing for rot and infestation in order to prove the existing structures suitable for change of use.
The Grade I listed Market Hall, dating from 1850, is currently a disused shell, but when complete will be a new space for digital organisations, providing office, lab and teaching space, cultural spaces for conferencing, exhibitions, education, learning and engagement programmes. The £5million project is due for completion in late 2020, opening to the public in the same year.
The project is led by RIO 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 tech companies in the region.