The Civic Centre, Plymouth

Plymouth Civic Centre is a former principal administrative centre of Plymouth, Devon, England. Opened in 1962, the building was used by Plymouth City Council until it was sold for development in 2015. It has been Grade II Listed since 2007.

The Civic Centre is a fourteen-storey tower block, with a ‘butterfly’ roof canopy and an attached two-storey block to the north. The tower housed the offices of the various municipal departments. The top storey of the tower was originally the Rooftop Restaurant, which was open to the public and closed in 1975. The adjoining two-storey building Council House has a number of committee rooms, a council chamber, reception room and the Lord Mayor’s suite.Plymouth Civic Centre is a former principal administrative centre of Plymouth, Devon, England. Opened in 1962, the building was used by Plymouth City Council until it was sold for development in 2015. It has been Grade II Listed since 2007.

After a very early start and the largest coffee that Costa sold, we were in Britain’s favourite seaside town – Plymouth. Having only recently been made aware of this building’s existence, I didn’t really know what to expect. I find that’s often the best approach – to go at it with no expectations meaning that you’re less likely to be disappointed if it’s a bit naff. This one however, on this particular morning, did not disappoint. One of the people I went with used to live down that way, so was fairly clued up and even knew a way in having been a few weeks prior to suss it out. 

The building itself is pretty stripped inside sadly. That being said, I think even when this building was in use it would have been pretty bland and uninteresting inside. Nothing about a council office exactly screams exciting!

Inside:

And to the roof where we took in an amazing sunrise:

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