- Location: Royal William Yard, Plymouth
- Client: Town Mill Bakery
- Architect / Interior Designer: Gillespie Yunnie Architects
- Value: £50,000
- Contract period: 4 weeks
Just 48 hours. That’s how much time we had to carry out the majority of the works at Plymouth’s Town Mill Bakery. Such a short time-scale was necessary to limit the Bakery’s actual closure between relocating from old premises to the Slaughterhouse’s new premises within the Royal William Yard complex.
Yet despite the sheer velocity of the work, founder and owner of the bakery, Clive Cobb, commented: “Never in a life time doing large-scale projects have I had such an easy ride. No sooner had I suggested something, it was done.”
What’s more, the quick turnaround limited operational disruptions and enabled the bakery to continue generating revenue despite the dramatic changes taking place.
As Clive Cobb puts it: “I feel guilty that I had so little to do and that I did not have any sleepless nights. Although Ease may have done!”
Facilitating a fast and effective transition to new premises
- Proprietor Clive Cobb wanted to seize an opportunity to relocate to larger and grander premises: an exciting Grade 1 listed building within the Royal William Yard, which was formerly the Slaughterhouse.
- Despite the speed of the works we were always conscious of the building’s history and protected status.
- We programmed much of the works as within a 48-hour programme to prevent disruption to business opening and loss of revenue.
- Services were reintroduced into different spaces efficiently. Bespoke toilets were chosen to be an unusual timber ply-box construction – very simple in appearance and economical to put in place.
- What’s more, we are further overseeing a 6-month plan to develop more of the Royal William Yard’s collection of large interesting spaces. The plan is to open these spaces beyond the food hall and entrance hall – to create a market hall, bakery school, courtyard and brewery.