McCaren Architecture were approached by Plymouth City Council to prepare a Heritage Statement to accompany their application for Listed Building Consent for alterations to rear access at Plymouth Pannier Market. Designed by local architects Walls and Pearn, the Market is a Grade II listed building of important technological, social and symbolic significance within Plymouth’s scheme for central reconstruction after World War II.
The building’s vehicular access doors had deteriorated and needed to be replaced. Market Managers also hoped to reconfigure an adjacent covered walkway. McCaren Architecture undertook archive research which proved that the existing vehicle access doors and covered walkway were not original, but modern additions. Having established this fact with supporting photographic evidence, we presented a convincing argument in favour of the proposed alterations as providing a welcome opportunity to restore the original configuration. Listed building consent was successfully obtained in 2013 and the appearance of the market’s rear elevation is now significantly improved.