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Devonport Plaque

Nelson may have his column but Plymouth also boasts its very own version, albeit somewhat lesser-known.


The Devonport column was constructed in 1824 to commemorate Plymouth Dock becoming the new town of Devonport.


The 124ft-high structure is on the Buildings at Risk register but a new plan to restore it has been unveiled.


Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) has teamed up with Le Page Architects and Plymouth City Council to submit an application to restore the column.


RIO has been awarded £21,000 to get the project started by the Heritage Lottery Fund and has been given additional support from Devonport Regeneration Community Partnership to develop the scheme.


The column forms part of a cluster of civic structures completed by famous architect John Foulston in the early 19th century.


The plan is to turn it into a tourist attraction after it has been renovated using traditional techniques.


A green space and nature reserve will also be part of the plan - and an education programme will also be created as well as a research post, in partnership with the University of Plymouth.


An installation of a mesh WI-FI system will also provide local residents with low-cost broadband.


"The Column was built as a symbol of Devonport's confidence and independence," explained Ed Whitelaw from Rio.


"It is only right that now, given the success of the local regeneration, we have this opportunity to restore it.


"We now enter a phase of public consultation and must work up the detail of the scheme - while we can do our bit, we will need to demonstrate public support and raise some additional private investment for the scheme."


RIO was also behind the restoration of Devonport Guildhall , which was officially opened in September 2010.

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Taken on February 17, 2012