Plymouth’s plan to begin the regeneration of the West End and create a link with the waterfront is getting into gear with the appointment of demolition contractors for the first phase of work.
South West contractors Gilpin Demolition have been appointed to demolish three buildings at the corner of New George Street.
Work is due to begin later this month to prepare the way for the careful demolition of three properties, 109, 111 and 113.
Over the coming weeks, the company will be on-site to carry out more detailed surveys as well as strip out the buildings and set up the site in readiness for the main demolition.
Leader of Plymouth City Council Ian Bowyer said: “I’m delighted to get to this stage. We need a mixture of uses to ensure our city centre continues to be a great destination and a great place – both for residents, visitors, existing and new businesses and this marks the start of a new chapter for the city and the West End.
We are nearing the end of a £3.5 million makeover of Plymouth City Market, which is home to many business and are preparing to invest even more into this important part of our city centre.”
Demolishing the properties will be the first phase of a long term plan to rejuvenate this part of the city and create a stronger, more direct link with the waterfront at Millbay. Colin Campbell Court has long been recognised as a redevelopment opportunity and as the major landlord, the Council is prepared to kick-start its regeneration.
The regeneration proposal would completely change the face of this part of the city. Instead of a cluttered car park overlooked by dated low-rise 1960s shops, Colin Campbell Court could become a desirable place to live as well as shop and enjoy.
The proposals are based on work carried out by LDA Design, who were commissioned by the Council to work on the City Centre Masterplan. It sets out a mixed use redevelopment with over 300 homes around the Colin Campbell location, with 25 per cent to starter homes. There will be shops, cafes and studios and car parking as well as attractive public open space. It is envisaged that the new development would include four to six storey buildings, with the current car park transformed into a courtyard.
Roads around the new neighbourhood would be completely redesigned, with barriers removed, crossings simplified and enlarged and major reengineering of the junction between Western Approach and Union Street
The Council is in discussions with funders and partners particularly those who able to support affordable homes.
A number of spaces in the car park directly behind the buildings earmarked for demolition will be out of action while the operation is underway.
The company and the Council will work closely together to make sure those most affected by the work are kept up to date with progress.
Director Gary Giles of Gilpin said; “It’s great to be part of Plymouth’s ongoing regeneration programme. We know this is something that people have wanted to see and we are proud to be part of it.”
Gilpin were responsible for demolishing the 1970s Quality Hotel overlooking the Hoe last year and have been involved in a number of key demolitions in the city including the YMCA building at North Cross and the new coach station in the West End.