Derry's Cross


// Architect: Claridge Architects
// Structural Engineer: Lyons O’Neill
// Contracts Manager: Steve Price & Jim Woods

The Derry’s Cross redevelopment project boasts over 22,000m2 of floor space. The project will utilise a much-loved building, previously a Department Store, and inject life and vibrancy into Plymouth City centre. Derry’s was once one of Plymouth’s best known stores, which opened as the Co-operative in 1953. It closed its doors for the final time in July 2010.

This large, multi-purpose project requires remodelling, extending and refurbishing the existing structure. It will become a 500 bed student accommodation block, a 110 bedroom, top-floor hotel and 7 mixed purpose, ground floor retail units and student facilities.

Major works include the demolition and alteration of the existing 4 floors of Derry’s Department Store. Once complete, these major works will create 4 new internal courtyards. These will provide natural light into the accommodation within the building. They will also serve as beautiful outdoor space.

The project will also involve structural alterations on the existing steel frame and concrete deck floors. This will bring support for an additional lightweight, single-storey extension. This top floor extension will be home to the 110 bedroom leading hotel chain, The Premier Inn.

Conversion is also being undertaken by the team of the attached Riley’s building. Four storeys will be added to create an additional 7 storey student accommodation facility.

On the ground floor, a retail shell & core fit out will be completed. This will create 4800m2 of flexible use retail space, the Premier Inn reception area and communal facilities for the student accommodation. A gym is planned for the basement of the building.

All of the work outlined is being conducted with six live tenancies on the ground floor of the building.

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