The Box, Plymouth is a major redevelopment scheme and a symbol for the city's current regeneration and future.

It will be a museum for the 21st century with extraordinary gallery displays, high profile artists and art exhibitions, as well as exciting events and performances that take visitors on a journey from pre-history to the present and beyond.

Born from a need to protect and safeguard the future of some of Plymouth’s most valued archives and historic collections, Plymouth now has a unique opportunity to create something truly special, a visitor destination the city can be proud of and visitors will talk about.

The project has access to a rich and varied resource of material and stories, from films to images, artefacts, to prized collections and documents. This project also offers greater scope to add to an already popular events and activities programme, so there will be many reasons why people will want to visit The Box over and over again.

Situated between Plymouth University and Plymouth College of Art, The Box will form the heart of a developing Cultural Hub. The centre will include: an archive for Plymouth and the southwest, preserving the heritage of the city and region for future generations; a museum with stories of Plymouth and how we reached out to the world and brought the world back to Plymouth; a location for contemporary art exhibitions, artist commissions and major touring shows; a new study centre located between two educational establishments; in essence, a cultural centre of which the city can be proud.

Plans include the refurbishment of space in what were the Grade II listed museum and library buildings with a contemporary extension providing expanded facilities, plus transforming St Luke’s Church into the largest single GIS compliant gallery in the south west.

The Box is a complex construction project consisting of exciting new build areas that link historic listed buildings. Together they will form a new centre for Plymouth's history and an urban regeneration identified as The Cultural Quarter.

There is plenty to see on our construction tour from steel frame to traditional blockwork. Your guides may be Build Managers, Technical Apprentices, Community Engagement, Project Surveyors... or Estimators, Preconstruction planners, HR, IT, administration, graphic designers, photographer, finance, communications, sales and marketing, Digital engineer and the list goes on!  In a large organisation, such as Willmott Dixon, we all work together as one team with construction being the end product. If you are interested in a career in construction - there are many, many, choices that all contribute to Building Lives Less Ordinary.

Address Plymouth History Centre,
Tavistock Place,

Site Entrance
Parking available yes

Public Transport is the easiest choice for travel. If you need parking the nearest car park is Regent Street

Length of Visit 1 and Half Hours
Maximum Group Size 15
Register by March 22, 2018
Disabled Access no

This is a live site so we do not have any disabled access in place. To get the most from your visit please let us know if you have any requirements and we cna tailor your tour. 

Child Restrictions no

Marie-Claire Overton

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The next Open Doors will take place in 2019.

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