Royal William Yard, Plymouth

Region: South West

Summary: Listed Grade I, the Royal William Yard was built between 1825–31 as a victualling depot for the Royal Navy.

Description: It went out of military use in 1992 and was acquired by the South West Regional Development Agency. On the advice of English Heritage and Plymouth City Council a conservation plan was drawn up to enable the Yard to be developed whilst retaining its significance.
Issue: This set out the opportunities and constraints for the site and was a key document for all those who expressed an interest in its future redevelopment.
Strategy: Initially, the plan informed the conversion of the Clarence and Brewhouse buildings into a mixture of housing and leisure units.
Outcome: The success of this scheme gave the developer the confidence to purchase the entire site and the conservation plan was revised to inform their emerging designs.


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