Guildhall Project

HLF Logo and Town CrestWith the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund the Town Council proposes to repair, restore and convert the Guildhall and Magistrates' Court bringing them back into active use.

Tavistock Town Council is working with Tavistock Heritage to create a ‘gateway’ centre for information about the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site (WHS), Council offices and a hub for access to community services.

Tavistock Town Council acquired the buildings in 2014 from the Devon Historic Buildings Trust (DHBT). The buildings are currently unoccupied with the exception of two rooms currently used as offices, plus a kitchen and WC.

The GuildhallThe Guildhall and Police Station, fronting Guildhall Square, are part of an outstanding urban group of medieval and 19th-century Gothic buildings in the centre of Tavistock. The complex includes the earliest surviving purpose-built combined Police Station and Courtroom in England. The complex is Grade 2* Listed, reflecting its historic and aesthetic interest.

The ground beneath the complex is Scheduled Monument number 29679, but the upstanding fabric is excluded from the scheduling.

The building is constructed of mostly Hurdwick Stone with granite dressings and an embattled parapet above a moulded cornice. Crocketted pinnacles to the parapets. The roofs are slate. The window openings consist of largely square-headed frames with hood moulds and arched head lights.

Having been successful with our Stage 1 Bid, we are now working on Stage 2 (Development Stage). All tenders for the different aspects of the Development Stage have now been awarded and we will be working closely with the service providers to progress through this stage. However, if you would like to find out more about the aims of the project and the services requested please see the design and consultancy services briefs below.

Business Plan Consultancy Services Brief

Appointed Provider - Heritage Business Consulting

Activity, Interpretation and Learning Consultancy Services Brief

Appointed Provider - Gamble Fearon Partnership

Design Team Services Brief

Appointed Provider - Gillespie Yunnie Partnership

Principal Designer Services

Appointed Provider - Gillespie Yunnie Partnership

Project Manager

 Appointed Provider - Trevor Humphreys Associates

Concept and Stage One Information

You can find out more about the project concept and background information by reading the documents below.

WHS Gateway Interpretation

HLF Stage 1 Report - Part 1

HLF Stage 1 Report - Part 2

HLF Application

Supplementary information submitted at Stage 1: