National Marine Aquarium

Plymouth, Devon

A landmark building for Plymouth, the National Marine Aquarium is one of Europe’s leading aquariums. Designed to be innovative and exciting it was instrumental in the city’s economic regeneration.









10,183 sq m

The main building , Phase I included six key exhibition areas, a viewing gallery, large shop, restaurant, ice cream parlour, toilets, offices, curatorial areas, workshop and engineering areas. Externally the design included a service yard, coach park and public square/plaza.

Phase II comprised a 2.3 million litre ocean tank with tunnel, underwater cave and wreck experiences and included alterations to create a major new coral reef exhibit tank and auditorium. Phase III, ‘Exporocean’ incorporated an exhibition hall demonstrating marine science, technology and renewable energy.

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