Royal William Yard

This monumental victualling complex was designed and built for the Royal Navy between 1827 and 1834 by the engineer Sir John Rennie.

Having prepared a Conservation Plan following the departure of the Navy, we subsequently engineered the adaptation of two of the buildings to new uses. This £12m scheme forms part of a major project to transform the Yard into a lively new quarter for Plymouth. The outstanding buildings are both Grade I listed and Scheduled Ancient Monuments and the site includes a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Clarence Building has become high-quality apartments, with spectacular views across Plymouth harbour, whilst the Brewhouse is also home to restaurants and exhibition space. The challenge has been to adapt the buildings without compromising the qualities that make them and the site so extraordinary. In particular, we had to insert new timber and steel floors and slender bridges into the empty shell of the Brewhouse.