Trust saddened by the delisting of the Royal Naval Club

Listed Buildings are designated pursuant to section 30 of the Development and Planning Act 1974 for the purpose of protecting the historic and architectural importance of these structures.

“The Bermuda National Trust is concerned that the Royal Naval Club (28 Pender Road) has been delisted. The Trust submitted a formal objection to the application to delist the building in April, to the Minister of Home Affairs.

The Royal Naval Club and its neighbour to the north, the former Moresby House (26 Pender Road), are both fine buildings, regardless of their condition through neglect. We had sincerely hoped that the America’s Cup would have provided the ideal opportunity to renovate and find a new use for historic buildings that have been long neglected, such as these in the Dockyard area, rather than to tear them down.

The Royal Naval Dockyard has had a considerable role in shaping island’s history over the last 200+ years. The Royal Naval Club was built in the early 1880s and served as an officers’ and then as a naval ratings club (canteen). It is an excellent example of British naval architecture of the period in a different style from the early naval buildings further to Bermuda’s north and, for this reason, should be treasured. Attractively, it has much the appearance and scale of sizable British and American railway stations and provides a variety to Bermuda’s architectural heritage.

The Dockyard has been the focus of a heroic restoration and preservation effort in the past three decades and now is not a good time to turn away from this conscious effort. Other than the merits of this particular building, the Trust strongly objects to the de-listing of buildings which have been allowed to deteriorate – it negates the whole principle of listing. “Demolition by neglect” is something which should not be encouraged. The best thing to do is not always the easiest."

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