Green light for Central Park Café


How the new Central Park Café could look

An artists’ impression of the new Central Park Café, provided by Erect Architecture.

Planning permission for the new Central Park cafe has been granted.

The cafe, one of the flagship components of the Central Park improvements project, will be built adjacent to the clock tower, at the busiest and most visible points of the park.

Plymouth City Council is now seeking an operator to run the café when building work has been completed in autumn 2018.

Early market research has suggested that there will be stiff competition from potential vendors who operate similar ventures all over the country.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “We’re delighted to have gained planning permission and we’re really excited to move forward.

“We’re expecting a high standard of response now that we’re advertising the lease and we have a careful scoring matrix to ensure an operator is selected who will deliver what the public want in Central Park”.

The new café will seat around 25 people with an outdoor seating area providing extra capacity in better weather.

Designed by Erect Architecture, the café will have a grass roof, a large amount of glazing and canopy-covered external seating area. The high-quality design aims to reflect and take advantage of the natural landscape and stunning views in the park, enhanced by LDA Design. It will also provide toilets free of charge for all park users during opening hours.

It will be an ideal spot for all ages and provide a base for families to enjoy refreshments while being able to watch children playing.

The Council seeks an operator for a long leasehold who has the experience and desire to provide a unique venue and offer that promotes healthy eating and environmental sustainability within an affordable price range.

More information can be found by clicking here.

The closing date for receipt of offers is 12noon on Friday 23 March.