Located within the historic dockyard, the site is bounded to the north and east by a 5m high limestone Grade I listed wall. To the east, is the recently completed Phase 1, Area 1 East development, approved and constructed under Reserved Matters Approval. The collection of existing MOD buildings that fall outside of the boundary of this application to the west, include the Grade II Devonport Naval Heritage Centre and Café/Gift Shop.
Paramount to the design from the outset has been the aspiration for the development to contribute to the strong sense of place as part of Devonport South Yard, the character of which is defined by its material application, a robust classical architectural language and form. The design proposals seek to reinforce and enhance the existing character of the dockyard, creating an attractive setting for heritage assets, whilst also connecting with the surrounding residential community and providing a vibrant and interesting employment environment.