Another building to come down

Another building is to come down as part of the city’s long-term ambition to rebuild and revive the West End and make Millbay happen.

Number 18 Western Approach is to be knocked down from November 26, just weeks after the Union Street bridge came down.

The former home of second hand dealers Little Camden Market (who have moved to Number 32) is to be demolished by Gilpin as part of its latest contract with the Council to help prepare the way for regeneration.

The Council has been steadily acquiring properties in and around Bath Street, Martin Street and Colin Campbell Court to enable regeneration to progress. 

Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet member for Finance said: “We are wasting no time. As and when properties become available we are buying them so that when the time comes, we have the land and the space for this much-needed regeneration and revival to happen.”

The demolition is expected to take six weeks and the contractors will be using some parking spaces in Colin Campbell Court as their compound. The site will be boarded off with hoardings.

He said: “We hope that this won’t cause too much inconvenience, but there are now a lot more parking spaces at the Toys R Us car park beneath Western Approach car park, including disabled and parent and child spaces.”

The city has long aspired to have a boulevard linking Millbay with the city centre. One end has already been built – Isambard Brunel Way, but currently ends at Millbay Road.  The long-term plan will see 180 homes built on land between Bath Street and Martin Street. There will also be better pedestrian access as well as planting to make the route from Millbay Docks into the city centre as attractive as possible.

The package also supports the redevelopment of Colin Campbell Court.