Tag Archives : Britain’s Ocean City


Once-in-a-life-time waterfront opportunity unveiled

One of the most exciting waterfront development opportunities in the country has now been unveiled. The Council is inviting preliminary expressions of interest in Phase 3 of the Oceansgate Enterprise Zone in Devonport. Docks and jetties which once saw the departure of Royal Naval ships could welcome state of the art marine manufacturing, heralding a […]


All change for waterfront changing rooms

Work starts this week to transform derelict changing rooms on Plymouth’s waterfront as part of a push to get more people to enjoy one of Britain’s Ocean City best assets. Edwardian bathing facilities to the east of Tinside Lido are being turned into a store for kayaks and paddleboards, ahead of an enterprise running the […]


Warm Plymouth welcome for sailing challenge celebs

If there’s one thing Plymouth does well, it’s giving a warm welcome – especially when six fundraising celebrities have to take shelter in the middle of a storm. An all-star crew are attempting to sail around the UK in five days as part of this year’s Sport Relief but severe gales forced them to make […]

Jamie Yabsley with Alex Jones and skipper Ian Walker at Plymouth Yacht Haven

Council is buying Quality Hotel

  Plymouth City Council is buying the Quality Hotel and will market the site, with its commanding views of the renowned Hoe and Plymouth Sound, in a bid to attract an international standard hotel. The Council has exchanged contracts with the owners of the Quality Hotel and a report is going to Cabinet today (12 […]


Ocean Studios moves to delivery

Plymouth’s innovative Ocean Studios is to receive a Social Enterprise Investment Fund support package to enable it to complete its construction phase and cement its future as a home for artists. A delegated decision is being signed today giving the go-ahead to a £300,000 grant to cover unforeseen construction costs. The Ocean Studios opened its […]


Plymouth’s shore success in double funding award

Plans to breathe new life into parts of the city’s stunning waterfront have been given a boost from the Coastal Communities Revival Fund. A project to tidy up unused Edwardian bathing facilities to the east of Tinside and transform shore side buildings into a unique location for pop up shops in the summer can now […]


‘Here comes the bums’ – cheeky tribute to the Beatles!

We love this yeah, yeah, yeah! – A unique piece of modern art will be unveiled – next Wednesday 18 November – at the spot where the Beatles once sat on Plymouth Hoe. Casts of four fab butts have been laid in the ground where John, Paul, George and Ringo posed for a picture that […]


How Plymouth’s new history centre could look

This is what Plymouth’s new history centre could look like at night. The team behind the project has issued the latest concepts for the project which will be a game changer in how Plymouth celebrates its incredible history and culture. The images are being released as exciting plans to put Plymouth on the national cultural […]


Green light for tower to be lit up

Plymouth’s Mount Batten Tower is the next landmark to have its moment in the permanent spotlight as part of a Council project to light up the city’s monuments. Historic England has recently given the go-ahead for listed building consent to have LED lights installed around the tower of one the city’s oldest fortifications. They described […]


Rainbow over Smeaton’s Tower this weekend

Red and yellow and orange and green – the colours of the rainbow will be shining out across the city tonight and tomorrow night in support of the city’s Pride Rally. From sunset until 2am, a chasing rainbow effect will be around the tower on the Hoe. Plymouth Pride parade is taking place on the Hoe and […]


Marine consultants to look at economic case for cruise terminal

Leading marine consultants have been appointed to look at the economic case for a cruise terminal for Plymouth. Specialists GP Wild International are compiling a report which will examine in detail the current cruise market, its future trends and the city’s possible place in this growing market. The company is a leading authority on passenger […]


Unveiling of the Michael Foot Memorial

A memorial is being unveiled to one of Plymouth’s most famous sons – Michael Foot. The unveiling to the memorial for the former Plymouth MP, journalist and one time leader of the Labour Party, is taking place at Freedom Fields in Plymouth today at 3.30pm, followed by hot drinks at the nearby Freedom Fields Café. […]


‘Charming’ new bridge for Barne Barton and St Budeaux

Kinterbury Creek is to get a charming new footbridge, thanks to an exciting project led by Barne Barton young people. Local residents will be making wind charms to hang on the low-level bridge which will span the creek that provides the only access to the shoreline in this part of Plymouth. A planning application has […]


Reynolds’ links with Devonport explored through ‘Art in the Park’

An outdoor exhibition running in Devonport Park until 26 July is highlighting the work of one of Plymouth’s most famous artists and exploring his links with a part of the city that is often forgotten. ‘Art in the Park’ is an arts and health project organised by ‘One Red Dot’ in association with Community Health […]


South Yard gears up for delivery

Specialists are to be hired to support the transformation of South Yard from historic naval dockyard to a thriving Marine Industries Production Campus. The call is out for technical and design contactors to take on the enormous and complex task of preparing and developing the site for its new future. A delegated paper has been […]


Letting the grass grow for bees

Selected areas of Plymouth will see meadows created as part of a city-wide scheme to support bees and other pollinators. Ten areas, which are open tracts of land, are to be cut only three times this year instead of nine as part of a trial to encourage wildlife to thrive in and around housing estates. […]


New lights to shine on Charles Church

Plymouth’s memorial to the Blitz will be seen in a different light from next week. From Tuesday night (June 2) Charles Church will be illuminated by a new set of lights which have been installed on the monument at the top of Exeter Street. The church, which dates back to the 1600s, was entirely burnt […]


Making better use of the Guildhall

A new project has been launched to make better use of Plymouth’s Guildhall as part of an ongoing drive to make the most of council-owned buildings. Plymouth City Council has started a soft market test to gauge interest in use of the Guildhall, and is holding a two day event for interested parties. Those who […]


Unsung Plymouth scientist honoured at Langage

Plymouth’s newest employment space is to be named in honour of one of the city’s unsung scientists. Major progress has been made on the construction site which is transforming into over 30,000 feet of high spec factory and workspace at Langage Science Park. The site is to be called Hearder Court in recognition of Jonathan […]


Water good idea – bathing water quality on Twitter

Swimmers, kayakers and paddleboarders will be able to check the quality of Plymouth’s bathing water every day. Plymouth has two EU designated bathing waters at East and West Hoe, which are monitored by the Environment Agency. From Friday 15 May, the start of the bathing season, the agency will tweet the water quality prediction via […]


Every little thing’s gonna be a-light! Smeaton’s Tower turns green

Plymouth’s famous Smeaton’s Tower will be shining green tomorrow in support of Plymouth Argyle. The lights around the iconic tower will be glowing green as the team and the Green Army head off to Buckinghamshire to take on Wycombe Wanderers in the second leg of the play off. Deputy leader Councillor Peter Smith said: “We […]


Hoping to ‘a-tractor’ great apprentice farmer …

One of the most unusual apprenticeship opportunities in the country is up for grabs in Plymouth – to be an apprentice farmer. Plymouth City Council and Duchy College are looking for an apprentice farmer to run a farm within the city as part of an exciting project to create a 100-acre country park. The successful […]


More community groups get Vital Sparks funding

Vital Sparks, a city-wide initiative designed to inspire arts, culture and creativity, has awarded bursaries to five new exciting projects. This unique Plymouth Culture initiative is led by Plymouth City Council and supported by Arts Council England. Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “There are some lovely projects that will get a […]


More loos with sea views

Two new sets of loos with sea views are on the cards for Plymouth’s waterfront. A business case has been approved to build a new toilet block at Richmond Walk and to reconfigure and update tired toilets at Devil’s Point. The Council has allocated £59,770 from its capital programme to demolish toilets at Richmond Walk […]


De-lightful! See Smeaton’s Tower in a new light ….

Plymouth’s iconic Smeaton’s Tower is to be lit up in all its glory for the first time on Wednesday evening. The lighthouse on the Hoe will be in the spotlight as the new LED lights get switched on. From Wednesday night, a white light will shine on the lighthouse whose design became the template for […]


Liner Lookout serving up Plymouth pasty

The original Plymouth Pasty is to be brought back to life for tasting in an historic building that is also being brought back to life. Dave Morrish has opened the newly-restored Liner Lookout on the Hoe as part of the Plymouth Your Space project. And he’s now serving up a recreation of the original pasty from the […]


Emergency repairs to run-down waterfront property

Emergency repairs were carried out by Council building control officers today during an inspection of a prominent run-down property on Plymouth’s Waterfront. Officers had to make good loose lead flashing on the turret of 18 Grand Parade during a survey to assess the condition of the building, which has been the subject of legal action […]


Techies take over the tower to let there be light

The countdown to Smeaton’s Tower lighting up gets underway on Monday 13 April with technicians taking over the tower to begin the installation. The symbol of Britain’s Ocean City will be lit up by the end of the month, if the installation programme goes according to plan. LITE ltd, supported by Hydrock and Hyde Park […]


Plymouth UK to meet with Massachusetts Senators to discuss Mayflower 400

Plans for the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower are underway as representatives from the Plymouth UK Mayflower 400 Leadership Group meet with key US Senators. Plymouth has been nationally recognised by the UK Government as the UK lead city for the celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the […]