Description of the works
Originally constructed in the 1830’s the Grade 1 listed Guildhall had been used for a wide variety of purposes but by the turn of the millennium it had fallen into disrepair and onto the ‘At Risk’ register.
In 2008 funding was obtained from the Cabinet Office for the Third Sector and Devonport Regeneration Community Partnership to refurbish and remodel the building into a community and cultural hub for Devonport to be run and administered by a social enterprise organisation (RiO).
In addition to extensive refurbishment and repair new office and café spaces were formed by infilling external courtyards to maximise the useable space generating income to ensure that RiO can sustain the building for the benefit of the community. The first photo above shows the old police cells which are now used as exhibition space.
Awards: Abercrombie Awards 2011- People’s Choice Award
Gilmore Hankey Kirke
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