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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 June, 2004, 13:53 GMT 14:53 UK
Experts to visit city's landmark
Artist's impression of Royal William Yard
Royal William Yard: "A world-class set of buildings"
Architectural experts will be in Plymouth on Wednesday to see for themselves the redevelopment of one of the city's landmarks.

The group from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) will visit the Royal William Yard as part of a two-day visit.

The site is currently being turned into 130 apartments with a restaurant, shops and an exhibition centre.

The site is being developed by the South West RDA and Urban Splash.

'Wonderful asset'

The yard, designed by Sir John Rennie in 1824, was once described by Jonathan Coade - an authority on such architecture - as "one of the finest groups of buildings ever constructed to serve the Royal Navy".

CABE commissioners and representatives will be taken on a guided tour of the yard and will also see other proposed developments in Plymouth, including in the Millbay and Devonport areas, plus the architect David Mackay's vision for the city.

Mark Latham from the CABE said: "The Royal William Yard is a unique, world-class set of buildings and spaces which, with careful new design and a commitment to quality, can form a wonderful renewed asset for Plymouth in the 21st Century.

"We're very much looking forward to seeing what is being achieved in the yard."




SEE ALSO:
Improvement work starts at Yard
29 Mar 04  |  Devon
Conservation project wins award
07 Dec 02  |  England


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