Ocean Studios presented Conservation Award

Ocean Studios, Plymouth

Ocean Studios presented Conservation Award

The Ocean Studios project in Plymouth, was recognised for a Conservation Award by Devon Historic Buildings Trust. WWA Partner, Dwaine Bushell was also recognised for his contribution to the project as Project Manager.

The Conservation Awards celebrate professionals working to demonstrate best practice and good design on conservation projects. Ocean Studios was the winner within Category D, which recognises the regeneration of historic buildings or structures.

The Oceans Studios development preserves a slice of Plymouth’s Naval history, transforming a derelict Grade I listed building at the Royal William Yard into contemporary artists studios. The building now has the capacity to accommodate over 100 artists in unique managed work spaces, along with flexible education spaces and exhibition/retail areas, where artists can sell their work.

The ERDF funded project has provided a boost to the local economy creating jobs, increasing visitors and retaining artistic talent in the city.

Dwaine Bushell, Partner, said: “I am thrilled that Ocean Studios has won the Conservation Award”.

“It was a complex scheme, due to the nature of the listed buildings, as well as multiple stakeholders and funding requirements. The team worked hard to manage these challenges effectively and presented innovative solutions to retain the historic fabric of the building, whilst creating a modern and practical exhibition/work environment”.

“WWA has built an excellent reputation for working on similar heritage and conservation schemes. We are currently delivering high profile projects including; Lundy Islands Church Restoration, Plymouth History Centre and Worcester Porcelain”.

If you would like to talk to the team about a heritage/conservation project, please contact: enquiries@wwa.uk.com