RiO - at Devonport Town Hall

(latterly, the Guildhall)


Upgrade to the Town Hall

The Real Ideas Organisation (RiO) are upgrading and refurbishing the Town Hall in Ker Street with a £1 million grant from The Big Lottery's Community Asset Fund, and 448,400 from Devonport’s New Deal for Community funds.

The work is already underway and when completed RiO will open the Town Hall as a facility centre; their overall aim being to create and provide programmes and services that that help young people realise their potential - for example. start-up support for young businesspeople.

Exciting Facilities

It’s an exciting project where hot-desking of office space will take place by RiO’s creative associate companies, to include CoastNet, Attik Dance and Chew TV. There will be a large hall hireable for music and theatre production, conferences or community events, plus a café and restaurant area for indoor and outdoor dining.

Thriving social hub and Cultural Quarter

It is intended that the Town Hall will become a recognised social enterprise centre and a thriving cultural quarter for Devonport. RiO intend it to become a key hub for business, media, education, social, cultural and community activities. Most importantly, the entire project will ensure the Town Hall is removed from the ‘Buildings at Risk’ register.

To Open early 2010

By Spring 2010 the work will be complete and the brand-new Town Hall will be opened. The architects for the refurbishment are GHK, project managers are The Gates Partnership and the builders are Devon Contractors.

For more information contact Mia. - mia.gilson@realideas.org