Demolition of Plymouth eyesores moves step closer

The buildings in Tavistock Place earmarked for demolition
-Credit: (Image: Plymouth City Centre)


Plymouth City Council plans to demolish a museum storage building which was once a nineteenth century school, along with other nearby buildings, so it can redevelop the site.

The building at 38-39 Tavistock Place in the city centre was used by the city’s museum but has become “surplus to requirements” since The Box museum and art gallery opened four years ago.

The council, which owns the land, is asking itself for permission as the planning authority to demolish the museum annexe and adjoining social club and store.

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It comes after levelling-up money was secured by council chiefs who aim to flatten the area, making way for an expanded 'cultural quarter'.

A report prepared on behalf of the city council said the former school was heavily modified in the late twentieth century including rebuilding one area into the present three storey store, laboratory and office.

None of the original fittings had survived and none of the buildings are listed but are close to ones that are. With 13 exhibition spaces, The Box now incorporates the former city museum and art gallery, the former Central Library and St Luke’s Church.

The £50 million facility was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and the Plymouth City Council and is a partnership between the city council, University of Plymouth and the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

The museum and gallery’s collections were transferred to The Box when it opened. They encompass fine and decorative arts, natural history and human history.

The natural history collection consists of over 150,000 specimens and an historic natural history library and archive.

The art collection includes more than 3,000 watercolours and 5,000 prints and 750 easel paintings.

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