Plymouth University staff to move to the Royal William Yard
PLYMOUTH University is to become the latest new tenant at the city's Royal William Yard.
The university's finance and sustainability directorate is to move into 12,000 square feet of the yard's New Cooperage building.
The whole department is relocating to the Stonehouse landmark, saying the move will free up space on its campus for teaching.
The university will follow a string of retail and restaurant chains into the former Naval victualling yard.
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Nathan Cornish, a director of Royal William Yard developers Urban Splash, said: "It's fantastic to see so many great businesses and brands choosing to come to the yard.
"I can barely believe the pace of change at the moment given the economic climate.
"I feel we are now starting to realise our vision to make Royal William Yard a thriving mix of uses.
"We welcome Plymouth University and feel sure they will enjoy being part of this unique place."
The news means the New Cooperage building, a Grade II-listed Georgian building overlooking the yard's green, is now fully let.
The university will be taking ground floor space, sharing the building with a hairdressing salon, a French brasserie, wine lounge and an estate agents' office.
The news follows announcement of the yard's first clothing retail outlet, Salcombe-based fashion boutique Bibi & Mac, opening in the Mills Bakery.
Two new restaurants were also granted planning consents last week to open up in the yard.
Some are already starting on their fit-out plans in readiness for openings in spring or early summer, Urban Splash said.
Following the plans additional car parking capacity is set to be created with 98 new spaces in the courtyard of the building.
Speaking about the move, Simon Denham, head of procurement and sustainability at Plymouth University, said: "We are very excited. It's a stunning space."