Devonport Column, Plymouth

A grade 1 listed structure / monument and was designed by John Foulston in 1827.  The restoration was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Devonport Regeneration Community Partnership as part of a wider scheme.

Works included raising the base of the Column and laying Cornish De lank granite, salvaged Candy tiles and granite nosing. The Column was cleaned internally and externally using a low pressure hot water DOFF system to restore the granite to its original condition. The surrounding areas, including the conservation garden, were landscaped in line with English Heritage requirements. External up lighters were installed around the base and upper sections to showpiece the Column of an evening.

The extensive stone masonry works included removal and restoration of rendered lime, granite and stone walls using reclaimed stone and re-pointing with original mortar mixes as specified by English Heritage. Further works included the restoration of original cast iron doors and frames, existing flag pole, M&E and ground works.

The Column is a tourist attraction where people can climb up to the newly installed stainless steel viewing tower, providing views across Devon and Cornwall.


  • Historic monument refurbishment and restoration
  • Client – Real Ideas Organisation
  • Completion – June 2013
  • Value – £489,000