Historic naval building moves closer to boutique hotel conversion

George Sell By George Sell
08 September 2017 | Updated 08 September 2017

UK: Developer Urban Splash is a step nearer to converting the Melville Building at Royal William Yard in Plymouth.

The Melville Building has been earmarked for conversion into a hotel since 1997. Urban Splash was granted consent for a proposal for a 60-bedroom boutique hotel, involving the partial conversion of the Melville building in 2014, but a lack of funding saw the project stall.

Two years later, it submitted new plans which were approved again. Now they have moved closer to bringing those plans to life after some conditions on their granted application were discharged by Plymouth City Council this week.

The building will eventually be converted to a hotel, shops, restaurants and cafe, office, residential and non-residential institutions, assembly and leisure, and courtyard events space. As the process continues, the council planning committee has been satisfied that submitted plans for the building's details including doors, windows, masonry and roof repairs were to standard.

The Melville Building is Grade I listed, and was built in 1825 as a factory and victualling depot for the Royal Navy. The buildings were designed by Sir John Rennie (Jnr) and its original chiming clock designed by Houses of Parliament clock designer Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy.

As part of a project to regenerate the Melville Building, Urban Splash has planning consent to transform the former Devil's Point reservoir, a Grade II-listed asset, into a 95-space overflow car park.

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