Rolle Building

The Rolle Plaza is located just off James Street, opposite the Physic park, and comprises of the Rolle Building, Francis Drake Halls of Residence, Drake's Kitchen and the Rolle Marquee. Entrance to the Rolle Building can be found on James Street, whilst entrance to Drake's Kitchen and the Marquee is within the plaza itself. For more information on how to find us, see Plymouth maps and travel.

University of Plymouth,
Drake Circus,

The University is committed to discouraging the use of private cars, however, it continues to permit very limited car parking on campus for staff and visitors who hold a blue badge.

Only students with mobility impairment will normally be permitted to park on the Plymouth campus.

The University operates a Parking Charge Notice (PCN) enforcement system to assist in maintaining an orderly and safe parking facility on its campus. The enforcement system is managed and operated in partnership with First parking LLP and the security department at the University.

Alternative parking can be found in Drake Circus shopping mall and the Regent Street car park nearby. Charges apply.

If we are experiencing technical difficulties with any of our University of Plymouth lifts, you will be able to check their status and find more information about them on our lift status page.

If you wish to report an issue with a lift that is not listed, please get in touch with us on +44 1752 588588 or email us at

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Drake's Kitchen on our city centre campus

Rolle Building

The Rolle Building takes its name from the Rolle family, long associated with Exmouth, Devon, and the name originally adopted by the School of Education at the University. It was the Rolle family that attracted wealth to the East Devon seaside town, by developing the docks and through shipbuilding. To commemorate the generosity these families had shown to Exmouth, the teacher training college founded there in 1946 in Douglas Avenue, was in 1951 renamed Rolle College.

The Rolles were liberal patrons and spent much of their wealth on churches, chapels, assembly rooms and municipal buildings, also providing gas, electricity and water supplies throughout the town. This benevolence was continued by the family's descendants, the Clintons throughout the 20th century.

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