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Mount Wise
Stonehouse, Plymouth

Mount Wise,
Stonehouse, Plymouth

The ADG team has been assisting Hertford Investors since 2008 with the regeneration of the former naval property known as Mount Wise to the east of Plymouth. The site offers stunning views over the Royal William Yard and beyond to the sea and Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall. The site contains a group of Listed buildings, including the former Admirals house, a cricket pitch, and a nuclear-proof bunker.

The site had the benefit of an outline approval and a reserved matters approval, both gained by a previous Architect. The approvals were for a mixed-use scheme comprising 450 residential units, offices, retail, cafe, and data storage.

We consulted with the public and key stakeholders in the lead-up to the submission, and the response from them was one of overwhelming support. A revised Reserved Matters application was granted with full Planning Approval.

Mount Wise Plymouth
Mount Wise Plymouth Mixed Use development in the formal naval base
Mount Wise Plymouth Mixed Use development in the formal naval base
Mount Wise Plymouth Mixed Use development in the formal naval base
Mount Wise Plymouth Mixed Use development in the formal naval base
Village By The Sea at Mount Wise by ADG Architects in Plymouth Devon

Leeward House
Mount Wise

Two phases have been completed and the the third, Leewood House, comprises of 59 apartments in a six storey building situated along the eastern boundary. Leewood House offers stunning views over the city to the east, cricket pitch to the north, and the sea to the south.

The architecture adopts a randomised approach to the elevational aesthetic, accentuated by a mix of balcony types, with a combination of one and two bedroomed apartments and generous roof terraces for the penthouse units.

Mount Wise Leewood House Plymouth
Mount Wise Leewood House Plymouth
Mount Wise Leewood House Plymouth
Mount Wise Leewood House Plymouth
Mount Wise Leewood House Plymouth

Admiralty House
Mount Wise

Admiralty House was built between 1789-1793 and has played a leading part in Plymouth’s maritime history for more than 200 years.

Admiralty House survived WWII relatively unscathed, but had been modified by the Royal Navy to suit its needs over successive years. The building was Listed Grade II in 1975 and more recently had been quarters to high-ranking Officers and used largely as an entertaining location rather than as a strategic or administrative HQ.

The proposed plans create 12 apartments that had to carefully integrate new into old building fabric, whilst considering building regulations issues such as fire egress, acoustics, and thermal performance. Gillespie Yunnie Architects gained the planning approval and listed building consent, then ADG provided information for building regulations approval and detailed design for construction. The project was successfully completed in 2023 and demonstrates how, with enough imagination, existing listed buildings can be given a viable new lease of life.

Mount Wise Admiralty House Plymouth
Ground Floor Plan (West)
Mount Wise Admiralty House Plymouth
First Floor Plan (West)
Mount Wise Plymouth Mixed Use development in the formal naval base

Teesra House
Mount Wise

This contemporary apartment building forms the last major element of development within the main site, and needed to create an impressive visual statement on arrival at Mount Wise.

It was always envisaged that Mount Wise would have a contemporary perimeter and hence Teesra House needed to relate to both Leeward House and the neighbouring, existing, more contemporary site context. In order to achieve this an architectural language was developed whereby the resultant facades were carefully ordered with an emphasis placed on proportion and composition rather than architectural ‘whimsy’.

Teesra House, Mount Wise Plymouth
Teesra House, Mount Wise Plymouth
Teesra House, Mount Wise Plymouth
Teesra House, Mount Wise Plymouth
Teesra House, Mount Wise Plymouth
Teesra House, Mount Wise Plymouth
Teesra House, Mount Wise Plymouth

The building has been positioned to form a strong backdrop to the cricket pitch and make the most of the south-facing aspect for its residents. The facades incorporate repeated vertical features of visually linked glazing and balconies to offset the length and horizontality of the overall form. The top two levels are set back on the southern and eastern façades to reduce the scale when viewed in context with the rest of the site and create opportunities for external terraces.

Teesra House, Mount Wise Plymouth

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