Still time to have your say on railway station regeneration

We’re building up steam with our plans to create Brunel Plaza at Plymouth railway station.

We’re committing an extra £2.577 million towards the project which is expected to cost around £80 million.

Key partners, the Council, the University of Plymouth, GWR and Network Rail are working together to create a whole new feel to this important gateway for the thousands of people that arrive into the city by rail from all over the country.

Council leader Tudor Evans has this week authorised extra funds for the project from our capital programme after costs for the staff accommodation part of the project came back higher than anticipated. The project team will aim to recover the costs later on.  He said: “We need new accommodation for British Transport Police, GWR and Cross Country staff as their current offices are in locations that will be part of the regeneration scheme. If we don’t sort this out, the rest of this incredible transformation won’t happen.”

We have just unveiled plans to call the multi-million regeneration scheme Brunel Plaza in honour of one of the greatest engineers, who helped shape the city’s fortunes.

There is still time to have your say on the masterplan that will help shape how planning decisions will be made in the future.

The masterplan includes demolishing the redundant rail incident safety centre to the east side of the station to make way for a new multi-storey car park. Exciting plans for the transformation of the former Intercity House into Intercity Place, as a landmark building to educate tomorrow’s health professionals have already been unveiled by the University of Plymouth.

Station staff accommodation will be modernised and significant new public space created, improving the connectivity from North Cross and the city centre. Last year a business case put together for the Council approved £26.75 million towards the £80 million project.

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The consultation on the proposed masterplan closes on 21 July.