Plymouth Market Hall

A 200 year old building now home to Europe's first ever 15m immersive dome
Plymouth Market Hall
Type: Interiors
Date: 2020-2021

The Market Hall Plymouth is set to be a landmark for creative, digital and immersive experiences, as well as providing coworking and event spaces to innovate, create, work, teach, learn and play in.

The contemporary extension to this iconic historic building, is home to an awe-inspiring 15m dome offering experiences at the cutting edge of immersive tech, alongside a café and flexible event spaces. The existing historic market hall provides flexible open plan and cellular co-working areas, tech lab, places to breakout, meet and gather informally over the two floors of this dramatic double height space, centred around the original iconic four-way staircase.

HemingwayDesign were appointed by the Real Ideas Organisation as overall aesthetic lead consultants and interior designers in 2017. This role included space-planning, specifications of finishes, bespoke fixtures, furniture concept design and FF&E.


Our concept juxtaposes clean contemporary design using modern sustainable materials such as plywood, woodwool slab, acoustic felt, translucent recycled polycarbonate and fresh playful colours with the building’s existing brickwork shell and industrial architectural features. Quiet booths, mobile screens and furniture allow for a flexible environment to suit a contemporary working ethos for both solo and collaborative working and learning.

You have managed to respect the period and honour the architecture yet make it feel incredibly contemporary. It’s a great space.

Caroline Norbury, Founding chief executive of Creative England and the Chief Executive of Creative Industries Federation