Fish Quay Market, Plymouth

Project: Fish Quay Market, Plymouth

Material: Single Ply; Slates; Lead

Project brief

Once home to Plymouth’s fish market and located in the heart of the historic Plymouth waterfront, ‘Fish Quay’ was in a dire state of fatigue, and with new tenants incoming – including a restaurant, shoe outlet and pasty shop – required complete refurbishment.

With various leaks, alongside being a prime spot for seagull nesting, the roof required a full renewal and upgrade ahead of the building’s reopening to the public. However, with the structure located within a historic area, the materials needed to respect and enhance the building’s Grade II listed status.


Organising all access requirements, DFR stripped and disposed of all fatigued roof coverings from both pitch and flat surfaces; removing over 8,000 unsalvageable slates .Following heritage guidelines, the pitch roof was built up with new underfelts and battens, alongside natural SSQ Riverstone Natural Slates – a material selected for its close similarity to the original roof covering, as well as to other buildings in the local area.

The flat roof was also replaced with the installation of single ply; a material known for both its aesthetics and durability against the changeable waterfront weather.

Transformed and now open for business, tenants and members of the public can once again enjoy this historic structure, without the threat of water ingress.



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Plymouth: 01752 255616

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