Clarkebond appointed for Market Hall development

Clarkebond is one of four South West firms that have successfully secured key roles in the Market Hall development in Devonport, Plymouth.

Le Page Architects, Ward Williams Associates (quantity surveying), Hoare Lea (mechanical and electrical design) and Clarkebond (structural design) have been appointed by RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – to work up the detailed plans to move the Market Hall development forward. Ward Williams will also take on the Project Management role.

Clarkebond, who have previously provided engineering services for the refurbishment of the Market Hall’s clock tower are providing civil and structural engineering services on the scheme. In order to prove the existing structures for change of use, Clarkebond have carried out extensive in situ testing of cast and ductile iron structures and also  timber testing for rot and infestation. 

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 2017, opening to the public in 2018.

Neil Marks, Regional Director, Clarkebond (far right) commented, “We are delighted to be playing a key role is this landmark project.  We look forward to bringing the historic cast and ductile iron structure into the new digital age and enhancing what is a stunning Plymouth asset.”

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.

Engineers: Clarkebond
Architects: Le Page
Developer: RIO
Quantity surveyor/Project manager: Ward Williams
M&E design: Hoare Lea