"The Ship", Derriford

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"The Ship" is an office building in Derriford, Plymouth, England. It was the offices of The Herald and Western Morning News for many years until their move to Millbay in 2013. It was recommended for listing at Grade II* by Historic England in April 2015, meaning it would be very difficult now to demolish the building.[1]

The building is now in use as Adrenaline - a trampoline fun park. Great use of this beautiful building and really popular

The Building[edit]

The Ship was designed by Nicholas Grimshaw and is constructed of glass and steel in the form of a ship.[2][3]

Awards[edit]

  • Structural Steel Design awards 1993
  • Royal Fine Art Building of the Year Awards 1993
  • British Construction Industry Awards 1993
  • The RIBA award 1994.[4]

Gallery[edit]

The Grimshaw partnership website has a selection of photographs of the Western Morning News HQ, known locally as "The Ship", since the WMN vacated the building in 2013.[4]

History[edit]

The Ship was built in 1992-3 as the headquarters for The Evening Herald and the Western Morning News in the Derriford area of Plymouth, Devon. The architect was Sir Nicholas Grimshaw CBE, the building was vacated by the newspapers in 2013,[5] after a change of ownership in 2012 from Daily Mail and General Trust plc to Local World[6] which resulted in relocation to smaller offices at Milbay in Plymouth, and the building has since stood empty.[7][8]

The owners have advertised the building for sale,[9] but, as of 10 April 2015, no buyers have come forward, and the owners have served Plymouth City Council with a notice that they wish to demolish the building.[10] Sir Nicholas Grimshaw has made his own suggestions as to what use could be made of the building now that it is redundant as a newspaper headquarters and printing press,[11] on 22 July 2015 it was announced that the building had been awarded a Grade II* listing by Historic England[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historic England recommends listing Grimshaw’s Plymouth Ship at grade II*". The Twentieth Century Society. 1 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Ship Description". Derriford-ship.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Royal Institute of British Architects". Ribapix.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Grimshaw, Western Morning News Headquarters Printworks". Grimshaw-architects.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Regional dailies to move to new city centre office". Holdthefrontpage.co.uk. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Torin Douglas. "Daily Mail sells regional newspapers to Local World - BBC News". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Iconic 'ship' building should be listed, says English Heritage". Plymouthherald.co.uk. 1 April 2015. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "English Heritage has raised Ship demolition plan with Government as it prepares Listing recommendation report". Plymouthherald.co.uk. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Derriford Ship Brest Road Derriford Plymouth". Derriford-ship.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Future of Plymouth's 'ship' building remains unclear as council seeks more information". Plymouthherald.co.uk. 10 April 2015. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Rare birds could save The Ship as architect lodges his objection". Plymouthherald.co.uk. 22 March 2015. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  12. ^ ]http://www.c20society.org.uk/news/c20-society-success-grimshaws-plymouth-ship-building-listed-grade-ii/

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Coordinates: 50°24′50″N 4°07′08″W / 50.4139°N 4.1188°W / 50.4139; -4.1188