Guildhall Project

HLF Logo and Town Crest

With the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other funders the Town Council is undertaking a £1.8m project to repair, restore and convert the Guildhall and Magistrates' Court to bring them back into active use.

Tavistock Town Council is working with Tavistock Heritage Trust 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.Tavistock Heritage Trust Logo

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.


World Heritage Site Logo

Having been successful with our Stage 1 and Stage 2 Bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund we are now working on the Delivery Stage. Tenders for the different aspects of the Delivery Stage are being awarded and we will be working closely with the service providers to progress through to completion. If you would like to find out more about the aims of the project and the services requested please see the services briefs below and general project information.



   World Heritage Site Partnership Board


Tavistock welcomes the World Heritage Site Partnership Board to the newly started Guildhall Restoration Project. 











New Delivery Stage

Progress Reporting

1. Council Minutes seeking borrowing approval 19th November 2019

2. Council submits Application for borrowing approval 27th November 2019.

3. Town Council receives borrowing approval for the Guildhall Gateway Centre  - 5th February 2020.

To View Tender Documentation

Tender Document

Development Stage (Archive Only)

HLF Round 2 Application (Archive Only)

HLF Round Two Award of Grant 

1. Activity Plan

2. Activity Plan Appendices

3. Project Timetable

4. Business Plan

5. Appendices - Please click on the links below:

6.Design Team - Please click on the links below:

7. RIBA 3 Cost Report

8. Interpretation Plan and Appendices

9. Interpretation Design

10. Management and Maintenance Plan- Please click on the links below:

11. Proof of Ownership

12. Selection of Images

13. THT Progress Report for HLF

14. Confirmation of THI Charity Status

15. Letters of Support - Please click on the links below:

16. Risk Register

17. Round 2 Application Form

Tavistock Guildhall Gateway Project Past Services Briefs (Archive Only)

Tavistock Town Council (the Council) is seeking a suitably-experienced Quantity Surveyor in connection with the delivery of the capital building works for its £1.65M Guildhall Gateway Project.   Tender deadline:  12 pm, Tuesday, 28th August 2018.

Tavistock Guildhall Gateway Project Quantity Surveyor Services Brief

Quantity Surveyor Services - Tender Response Form

Tavistock Guildhall Gateway Project Interpretation Consultancy Services Tender 

Tavistock Town Council (the Council) is seeking a suitably-experienced heritage interpretation consultant to deliver an exciting heritage interpretation scheme as part of its £1.65M Guildhall Gateway Project, which is supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).   Tender deadline:  12 pm, Thursday, 16th August 2018.

Tavistock Guildhall Gateway Project Interpretation Scheme Delivery Consultancy Brief

Tavistock Town Council - Tender Response Form Interpretation Consultancy Services

Project Management Consultancy 

1. Project Manager-Advert

2. Project Manager-Tender Response Form

    Project Manager-Tender Response Form - Word Version

3. Project Manager-Procurement Brief

4. Project-Revised Organogram

Tavistock Guildhall Gateway Centre Project Governance Structure Delivery Phase


HLF Round 2 Background Information ( Archive Only)

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 HLF Stage One Information (Archive Only)

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: