Barbican Glassworks

Client: Sutton Harbour Company

Completion: May 1997

Civic Trust Award 1999 – Commendation.

Abercrombie Architectural Design Award 1998 –  ‘Restoration’ category.

Prosper/Business Link – Winning By Design 1998

Situated in Plymouth’s Barbican Conservation Area, this project is the redevelopment of the old fish market, a Grade II listed structure.The scheme provided a new glass blowing studio linked to the existing building, which was converted to a new retail showroom for Barbican Glass, a division of Dartington Crystal.

The concept for the restoration of the existing canopy was to strip the building back to its original structure and allow it to be read. The design for the glass showroom introduced contemporary glass technology to provide a seamless glazed enclosure to the existing structure, which also provided structural stability. A new glass production area was added as a separate pavilion acting as a counterpoint to the Victorian market reflecting the traditional conical shapes of the early glass manufacturing industry with a fully glazed high-level lantern over a copper clad roof.

The project focused upon an opportunity to provide a commercially viable regeneration project recycling a redundant structure, vastly improving the adjoining quayside and providing a vibrant blending of the old and the new. The building has become a local landmark.