AWW director Ian Sanders was featured in the Herald on Sunday as plans progress for the possible redevelopment of Plymouth’s waterfront.
The ambitious plans include a new pier potentially large enough to accommodate cruise ships.
With Plymouth’s waterfront set to be the heart of the city’s redevelopment, the excitement around the potential new development is palpable. The plans mean that boats with up to 400 passengers would be able to dock at the pier, with larger super-cruisers able to access the pier from their mooring in the Plymouth Sound.
Whilst plans are still in their initial stages the Queen’s Harbour Master has no objections to the current outlined proposals.
The first Plymouth Pier was opened in 1884 and housed a weatherproofed concert hall, was destroyed during bombing raids during the Blitz and in 1952 the last traces were removed and the pier was lost, seemingly forever.
But now there is growing public support to bring the lost icon back, with a statement landmark designed to bring tourism and investment to the city.
Charles Howeson, chairman of Plymouth Area Business Council, said late last year: “This pier could be the jewel in the crown. It’s regenerative, restoration, futuristic, probably practical, and there is lots of experience to make it happen. It has my fullest possible personal support.”
The AWW team have been looking at a variety of potential uses for the proposed pier including leisure and fine dining, as well as an education and research centre that would allow for hydroelectricity to be harnessed.
Tam MacPherson, of St Peter and the Waterfront conservatives, who came up with the initial proposal said, “The public are embracing the idea. It ticks the boxes for renewing the foreshore and providing an attraction for the wider city.”
The concept has also achieved cross-party political support, with city council leader Vivien Pengelly saying a pier would be a tourist magnet and complement the Gary Rhodes restaurant coming to the Dome.
“Flexibility is the key” stressed AWW director Ian Sanders, “the next stage is to look at feasibility and prove it’s viable.”