Easter Sunday springs to life at the Royal William Yard.

The Royal William Yard will Spring to life Sunday April 5th offering the best the region has to offer in good food – at the award winning Royal William Yard Good Food market.

The special Easter market will take place 10am til 3pm on The Green and feature over 30 local food stalls.

People visiting the market in the ex-Naval Victualling Yard can travel by the Royal William Yard Ferry, from the historic Barbican, and enjoy spectacular views of Plymouth Sound and Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall en route or catch the Plymouth Citybus 34 from the Royal Parade.

If visitors want to have a gorgeous Easter Sunday lunch, in lovely surroundings, they can also retire to River Cottage Canteen & Deli, Bistrot Pierre, Seco Lounge, Prezzo, Las Iguanas, Wagamama or The Royal William Bakery.

Come along and enjoy a foodie treat!

5 Minutes with Cityscape Artist Edward Waite…

In our latest series of blog posts, we will be focusing on the heart of the Yard. Speaking to people  who live, work and visit  the Royal William Yard.

Name: Edward Waite

What do you do at the Royal William Yard? I am a cityscape painter. I am based in Lincolnshire but I visit the Yard for solo exhibitions organised by ArtSource UK at ONE Royal William Yard.

When did you first come to the Yard? I first came to the Yard to plan my first exhibition at Residence ONE in March 2013 and I am looking forward to my next visit for my latest ‘Cityscape View’ exhibition starting March 28th this year where I will be showcasing my latest collections and new releases.

What’s your favourite spot at the Yard? Sitting under the blankets at Wills restaurant with a nice local beer and some delicious nibbles

Describe the Royal William Yard in one line: Royal William Yard is the heartbeat of Plymouth Waterfront.

If you could bring one new thing to the yard; what would it be and why? A Luxury Hotel, so more people can enjoy the Yard in style.

What made you choose to live/work at Royal William Yard? I was given an amazing opportunity by ArtSource UK to showcase my artwork at the unique location that is, Royal William Yard. I wouldn’t have turned it down!

What do you do to relax? I like to sit in the sun and sketch. The view over Drake Island from the Sundeck at ONE is the best view in the yard and the perfect setting for sketching!

Favourite memory of the Yard? 

Celebrating my biggest and most successful exhibition to date with organisers, friends and family at the Yard’s wine tasting bar back in 2013.

Tell us a secret about yourself: I once walked into a glass door…

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If you are interested in seeing any of Edward’s work at his upcoming exhibit here at the RWY- click HERE.


If you want to find out more about what goes on, and upcoming events at Residence One RWY follow them on Facebook or Twitter and take a look at their website:

Facebook -> One Royal William Yard

Twitter -> @One_RWY

Website -> one-royalwilliamyard.co.uk

New Nursery Car Park

The major works have now finished on the New Nursery Car Park and we are now only waiting for the grass to be seeded on the banks, this will undertaken in March.

The new grass has to have the opportunity to grow and establish itself in the artificial surface in accordance with the manufacturers specification and guidance.  Only at this point will it be able to withstand and traffic passing over it or parking on it, otherwise it will be adversely affected for the outset and will not perform to expectations introducing additional management and maintenance costs . The growth and performance are dependant on a range of environmental conditions include shading, rain, frost, sunshine, bird/animal influence.

A meeting with the manufacturer in the first week of March will update us on the growth to date and will have a better indication of when we can open the car park.

We will continue to keep you updated on this aspect of the Yard.

Urban Splash to purchase Plymouth’s Civic Centre

One of the country’s leading regeneration companies is to acquire the Civic Centre.

Urban Splash – which has a track record of transforming concrete and listed buildings – will be sold the freehold of the Civic Centre.

The company has helped transform the city’s Royal William Yard, taking it from a disused Naval supplies base to a thriving residential community and much-loved food and drink destination with diverse operators such as River Cottage, Le Vignoble and Le Bistrot Pierre all moving there; to date it has received 24 awards for its work at Royal William Yard,

Urban Splash Director Nathan Cornish said: “We’re delighted. It is a tough building and it is very early days, but we’re very excited about the challenge of another iconic and listed building to tackle in Plymouth.

“Like many buildings of its era, it has its fans and its detractors, but we think the Civic has got something special: it is a unique building, set within the context of a famous post-war masterplan.

“Urban Splash has got a huge affection for Plymouth and we are pleased to play a part in its regeneration.”

The company has also delivered challenging and exciting regeneration projects including Fort Dunlop in Birmingham, Chimney Pot Park in Salford, Castlefield and New Islington in Manchester, The Midland Hotel in Morecambe,Lister Mills in Bradford, Rotunda in Birmingham and Park Hill in Sheffield.

Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets is giving the go-ahead for the sale under delegated authority. He said: “This organisation has a fantastic track record of breathing new life into difficult buildings – including listed and concrete buildings.”

“It is fair to say the future of the Civic caused some sleepless nights. But all the way through its recent history we were conscious of how important this building is and the role it could play in the regeneration of our city.

“This is an exciting year for Plymouth’s city centre and it is fantastic news to know that a building that dominates the city skyline can play a part in positive change.”

“As a Council it would have cost around £30 million to restore the building – now the private sector is taking on the Civic, we can redirect our energies and resources into creating jobs and homes for Plymouth.”

The Civic Centre was listed in 2007 by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Opened by the Queen in July 1962, the building was the main administrative centre for Plymouth City Council until last year.

The complex includes the 14-storey tower block which is the highest building in the city centre. The tower block connects to the Council House, which includes the Council Chamber, where key decisions affecting the city are taken.

The Council has been looking for a solution for the Civic Centre for some time. A procurement exercise was carried out but a deal could not be reached with the preferred bidder that satisfied all the criteria and within the set timescales.

Last Autumn the Council noticed an increase in interest in the site and wrote to companies who had expressed an interest in the building inviting best offers for the purchase of the Civic Centre.

The Council plan to keep the Council House and carry out work to separate all utility and services supplies into the Council House. It will also install internal walls to separate the two buildings.

It has recently submitted a planning application to install a new CCTV centre in the basement of the Council House as well as the separation works.

The Council is still progressing with plans to move out of the Civic Centre. Many staff are now based in Ballard House, although a number of teams remain at the Civic. The intention is the last Council staff will leave the building in the Autumn.

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BBC ONE’s Antiques Roadshow visits Plymouth

BBC ONE’s ever popular Sunday evening programme ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will be filming for its 38th series at The Royal William Yard, Plymouth, on Thursday 11th, June,  2015. The doors open at 9.30 am and close at 4.30pm.  Entry to the show is free.

Presenter Fiona Bruce says, “This will be my 8th year on the Antiques Roadshow and I still feel so lucky to be presenting the programme. Every week is different; a new location and thousands of new visitors. The only constant is the pleasure of the unexpected – we never know what will turn up, from the most fabulous Faberge to the most humble object with a riveting story…”

Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection by the experts.

Series Editor Simon Shaw says: We love meeting our viewers at Antiques Roadshows. And so many people tell us how much they enjoy the experience of meeting Fiona and the experts and seeing how the show is made. And, even 38 years later, the magic formula of surprising some lucky guests with exciting news about their treasure still seems to come true. So join us at …. It might just be your day.”

People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e-mail them to: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk.  It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.

More information can be found on their webpage: www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow

Or email them at: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk

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5 Minutes with Marie Hewitt, Director at Residence One and owner of ‘Individual Interior Solutions Ltd’

One86In our latest series of blog posts, we will be focusing on the heart of the Yard. Speaking to people  who live, work and visit  the Royal William Yard.

Name: Marie Hewitt

What do you do at the Royal William Yard? I am the director of Residence One. My soft furnishings business and showrooms, ‘Individual Interior Solutions Ltd’ are based here.

When did you first come to the Yard? My husband and I discovered Residence One in November 2013, whilst trying to locate a suitable venue for a Timmy Mallet art exhibition.

What’s your favourite spot at the Yard? The decking with panoramic sea views across to Drakes Island within Residence One’s garden.

Describe the Royal William Yard in one line: A stunning, award winning destination!!

If you could bring one new thing to the yard; what would it be and why? An out of the immediate area, Park + Ride scheme, for obvious reasons.

What made you choose to live/work at Royal William Yard? I love Plymouth, but there’s Plymouth and then there’s Royal William Yard!!

What do you do to relax? Can’t really remember! Put on my wellies and head to the beach with Toby my Westie.

Favourite memory of the Yard? The photo shoot with our sponsor Herring Shoes and Timmy Mallet next to the Royal William Yard harbor.

Tell us a secret about yourself: I was once runner up in the all England tap dance championship.


If you want to find out more about what goes on, and upcoming events at Residence One RWY follow them on Facebook or Twitter and take a look at their website:

Facebook -> One Royal William Yard

Twitter -> @One_RWY

Website -> one-royalwilliamyard.co.uk

5 Minutes with Janette Grant from Bistrot Pierre.

In our latest series of blog posts, we will be focusing on the heart of the Yard. Speaking to people  who live, work and visit  the Royal William Yard.

Name: Janette Grant

What do you do at the Royal William Yard? Work in the Bar at Bistrot Pierre

When did you first come to the Yard? In 2011.

What’s your favourite spot at the Yard? Outside Prezzo over looking the water.

Describe the Royal William Yard in one line: Charming outdoor & indoor bar/restaurant area. With excellent dining locations.

If you could bring one new thing to the yard; what would it be and why? Independent gift-ware/home-ware shop, with cafe attached, doing breakfast and cream teas.

What made you choose to live/work at Royal William Yard? Ease of access from home & attractive place in which to work in.

What do you do to relax? Walking, socalising with friends, cinema and TV.

Favourite memory of the Yard? Sitting outside of Bistrot Pierre’s eating lunch, in the sun with my family.

Tell us a secret about yourself: I worked for a mortgage company & was in the top five consultants in the country in various months.

5 Minutes with Cathryn Bishop from Cornish Interiors.

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In our latest series of blog posts, we will be focusing on the heart of the Yard. Speaking to people  who live, work and visit  the Royal William Yard.

Name: Cathryn Bishop

What do you do at the Royal William Yard? I run Cornish Interiors, the business and show room is based in Residence One.

When did you first come to the Yard? I visited the first show home when it was complete around 2008 I think.

What’s your favourite spot at the Yard? I love the secret garden at Residence One, and the view from the terrace at Will’s.

Describe the Royal William Yard in one line: An oasis of calm in a bustling city, with enough to keep you entertained from dawn to dusk.

If you could bring one new thing to the yard; what would it be and why? A cash point- the market and lots of the business could do with one.

What made you choose to live/work at Royal William Yard? The buildings locations and atmosphere. 

What do you do to relax? Relax…..? I run a small business, what’s relaxing?! But when I do manage to get away, long walks, massage yoga and eating out.

Favourite memory of the Yard? The fireworks competition, and the view of it from Will’s terrace, and the delicious BBQ

Tell us a secret about yourself: I like to eat chocolate spread from the jar.

If you want to find out More about Will’s Tea Room and Residence One, you can find it all at.

Twitter: @One_RWY

Facebook: Residence One Facebook