The Millfields Trust’s new state-of-the-art building Genesis was crowned “Building of the Year 2015” by The Building Forum for Devon and Cornwall.

Genesis is the first phase of redeveloping the Millfields Trust HQ site that lies at the heart of Union Street, a civic spine that connects the three old towns of Plymouth.

The pioneering, ERDF and Heart of the South West LEP’s Growing Places funded project is designed to create employment and serve the local community. It comprises of flexible workspaces, meeting rooms, a full height internal atrium and Plymouth’s first living walls.

The building features Portland stone cladding, the only vertical gardens in the South West and carved reliefs on each elevation. The project provided opportunities for community involvement, work placements and apprenticeships for local residents, ensuring ownership and pride in the achievement.

The schemes aims are to expand the business of the Millfields Trust and create a range of new facilities for the community of Stonehouse in Plymouth, to promote the physical regeneration of Union Street and to aid the economic regeneration of deprived parts of the city centre. The centre is aimed at start-start-ups and small SMEs.

New Office Buildings 1991sqm

Growing Places Loan Funding; £2,100,000

Started on site: February 2013
Completion November 2014