Architecture Program


Date of this Version

Summer 8-17-2013

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Scott, Daniel C. "A Walk Around Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda" Master of Architecture Thesis, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013


A THESIS Presented to the Architecture Faculty of The College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Architecture, Major: Architecture, Under the Supervision of Professor Peter Hind. Lincoln, Nebraska: August, 2013

Copyright (c) 2013 Daniel C. Scott


Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda aims to become a national center of distinction, a thriving new district in Bermuda, and a flagship in the economic regeneration of the West End. It will be a place unlike any other in Bermuda, offering cultural, residential, office and tourist amenities that are rooted in the fabric of Bermuda, and the diverse and vital history of the Royal Naval Dockyard.

Building on its history, and preparing it to fulfill its full potential for the future the Dockyard will need to transform to meet the changing needs of Bermuda’s economy. With a weakening tourist industry and a strengthen international financial sector, the dockyard will need to make adjustments to meet these changing statistics

Heavily based on cruise ship arrivals the Dockyard has a seasonal importance that does not harvest its full potential.

The challenge of the master plan is to capitalize on these assets in the unique setting of Ireland Island on Bermuda’s West End, and transform the site into an area that can be identified as an individual piece built upon Bermuda’s unique charter and personality. The success of the plan will be in the sites ability to overcome significant issues, the lack of local interaction and the lack of amenities for local residents throughout the island.

To overcome these issues a dialogue has been created to begin the process to envision what the site can become. Using its ever-changing landscape in its favor the site can once again transform with the changing times. Originally designed as a naval station for sail ships and morphed into a dockyard for steam power the site can once again adapt to changing times of the 21st Century.

This document presents the ideas and concepts that combine the emerging master plan and development of Casemates prison into a new destination for Bermuda.

Advisor: Peter Hind

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