Plans for a hotel, apartments and retail units in Millbay have been revealed at a public consultation.
A planning application for a 126-bedroom hotel, 58 apartments and retail units will be submitted to planning bosses in February for the car park site off Brunel Way.The plot, known as C1, will act as a gateway to the long-anticipated Millbay boulevard, linking the city centre to the waterfront and forms part of the wider regeneration of Millbay by developers English Cities fund (ECf).
The retail/restaurant uses are contained within a series of pitched roof spaces adjacent to the waterfront with flexibility to accommodate a range of occupiers and add a future mezzanine level if required. Documents displayed at the public consultation state: “The pitched roof profile enhances the marine character and provides a visual reference to the historic Plymouth boatyards.”
The retail and restaurant space benefit from a south-western aspect and external seating overlooking the marina which will create a vibrant edge to the waterfront. The original master plan proposed a 500-space multi-storey car park for plot C1 along with a hotel, residential apartments and ground floor retail and restaurant space.
Following detailed work by the project team and a car park specialist it was concluded that Plot C1 could not accommodate this scale of parking. The current proposal reduces the parking in Plot C1 to 60 spaces for the residential apartments only. The multi-storey car park is relocated to Plot C3 alongside office and residential use and will be the subject of a future reserved matters submission.
Prior to the construction of the car park on Plot C3 temporary parking will be provided at grade across Plot C3 and Plot C4 and this will replace the car park currently on Plot C1. ECf hope to start construction next year, with hopes to complete in mid-2020.
Duncan Cumberland, development director for ECF said: “This is one of the most important plots in the Millbay regeneration. We’re very proud of the design. We’ve used AWW Architects who are based in Plymouth and Bristol and we’re in discussion with Plymouth City Council planners at the moment about the detail of the design, but the uses – the hotel, retail etc. – were captured under the consent we got in 2015.
“This will be one of the first buildings in the UK that people will see when they arrive by the ferry so it’s a very important marker point.”
Work is already under way elsewhere on the Millbay regeneration site to build 137 new homes on the eastern side of the dock. The whole project is part of a masterplan given the thumbs up by Plymouth City Council to regenerate the area.
Initial preparation and site clearance works was completed before Christmas and work on the build has now started with Exeter-based Galliford Try Partnerships. It is scheduled to last two years and the first homes are expected to be finished in summer 2019, with the project set to be compete in late 2019.
It was the second significant development to start in Millbay last year following the commencement of a new 80-apartment Abbeyfield Extra Care Scheme. The wider Millbay regeneration project is a mix of residential, leisure, business and retail development, with high quality public spaces and direct access to the waterfront.
Its lead developer ECf is in a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal and General and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). In September The Herald was joined by Nick Walkley for his first visit to Plymouth as chief executive of the HCA.
He said at the time: “There is something happening in Plymouth. It is clear from spending an entire day here – visiting every development location there is – that growth is being encouraged and people want to live here.
“A family member came to university here a long time ago and I remember this part of town being if not a dreaded no-go area, somewhere which would be unimaginable to make a very significant investment in and want to stay.
“That’s a real transformation and that’s required a vision from a lot of partners, including the city council, but it has also required some hard graft, heavy investment and this final phase indicates the scale of what is required.”
This article originally appeared on The Plymouth Herald.