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.

 

Service

Architecture

Sector

Leisure

Value

£21.8m

Area

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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