Top designers join Market Hall team

Internationally renowned designers Hemingway Design, co-founded by Wayne Hemingway , has been appointed by RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – to join the design team working on the Market Hall development in Devonport.

With an impressive back catalogue of innovative and thoughtful design solutions, particularly for regeneration and the built environment, Hemingway Design will lead on interior design for the Market Hall renovation.

The Market Hall is a £7.2 million project, led by RIO, in partnership with Plymouth City Council, University of Plymouth, City College Plymouth and Devonport High School for Boys.

Once completed the Market Hall will offer a new space for digital and hi-tech businesses, and organisations involved in research, art, education and entertainment. A new extension to the Grade II Listed Market Hall will house a 15m immersive dome, offering a state of the art cinematic virtual reality experience.

Lindsey Hall, chief executive of RIO said “We are developing the Market Hall as a world-class space for digital.  The addition of Hemingway Design to our team will ensure the building’s interior reflects its history, whilst also creating an exciting space for digital businesses to create the future.

“Wayne and his team have worked on some high profile regeneration projects. We are really excited to have them with us for this development and look forward to working with them to create a stunning experience for anyone visiting, learning, inventing and creating in the Market Hall.”

Wayne Hemingway, said: “We love the building, love the location, love RIO’s intended forward facing use for this lovely old piece of industrial heritage and we love RIO and the social values that they stand for. We are glad to be on board.”

With planning permission granted in 2017 and Kier recently announced as construction partner, RIO hopes to start on site in the next couple of months and, construction programme permitting, hopes to open the Market Hall in the summer of 2019.

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About the Market Hall

What will the Market Hall offer?

The Market Hall will deliver workspace; learning; events, conferences and exhibitions; and activities for the digital and business sector, local community and visitors.

  • Workspace because demand from cutting edge, creative, digital businesses needing to cluster with like-minded others to increase growth and retain talent
  • Learning and skills development for all ages to create pathways from primary school to high value jobs in the digital and creative industries and address low levels of aspiration amongst many young people
  • Events, conferences and exhibitions particularly at the interface between cutting edge digital, virtual reality and other sectors including construction, health, marine, arts, culture and engineering.
  • Inspiring activities for visitors and the local community, particularly using the power of the immersive dome to engage people of all ages with state of the art virtual and mixed reality experiences

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First published in  Plymouth Chronicle – April 2018

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