Melville Building, Royal William Yard, Plymouth - Plymouth, City of (UA)

The Melville building was constructed c1826 to 1832 as stores and offices for the Victualling Board to the design of Sir John Rennie Jnr, and forms part of the impressive Royal William Yard. Whilst the majority of the Yard has been successfully developed, with a combination of public and private finance, a sustainable future for the whole of Melville has yet to be implemented. Planning permission was granted in 2014 for the repair of Melville and conversion of most of the building for use as a hotel. Initial clearance work is underway with main works due to commence August 2018.

Melville Building, Royal William Yard, Plymouth - Plymouth, City of (UA)
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Site Details

  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade I
  • List Entry Number: 1378531
  • Local Planning Authority: Plymouth, City of (UA)
  • Site Type: Defence > Military building


  • Building Name: Melville Building
  • Street Name: Royal William Victualling Yard
  • Locality: Plymouth
  • Unitary Authority: Plymouth, City of (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport
  • Region: South West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Part occupied/part in use
  • Priority: D - Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented
  • Previous Priority: D
  • Ownership: Local authority
  • Designation: Listed Building grade I, CA