Tag Archives : Devonport


Next phase of Oceansgate development takes shape

The planning application for the second phase of Plymouth’s pioneering Oceansgate project has been submitted. Oceansgate, based in Devonport Dockyard’s South Yard, is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land into a hub for marine businesses. The first phase of the development, which was formally opened in March this year, saw the creation of 2,600 square […]


Council backs campaign to build navy support ships in UK

Plymouth City Council is backing a campaign to ensure a new generation of Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ships are built in the UK. The campaign launched in the Council House in Plymouth today (Friday 13 July) aims to persuade the Government to protect dockyard jobs and skills by restricting bids to build the fleet Solid […]


Council leader welcomes Commons report opposing cuts to Royal Marines and ships

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer has welcomed a Commons select committee report which concludes that the disposal of Devonport-based amphibious assault ships and reductions in the Royal Marines would be “totally at odds with strategic reality”. In its report, Sunset for the Royal Marines?, the Defence Committee warns that further reductions in the Royal […]


Plymouth councillors rally in support of city’s armed forces

  Plymouth councillors have been showing their support for a campaign to protect Devonport based ships and Royal Marines from defence cuts. Councillors of all parties are backing the Fly the flag for Devonport campaign which is now being promoted through a banner outside the Council House in Plymouth. Following a cross-party motion by the […]


Loss of Devonport-based ships would hit region’s economy hard

Threatened cuts to two Devonport-based assault ships would inflict a body blow to Plymouth’s economy, a new study has revealed. The loss of HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark could hit the 968 jobs they provide directly through military and Babcock engineering personnel, which is equivalent to eight per cent of the total Navy Base workforce […]


Support the campaign to save Devonport-based assault ships

  Plymouth residents and businesses are being urged to show their support for a campaign to prevent cuts to Devonport based ship and Royal Marines. (Watch the video) The cross-party campaign calls for a re-think on leaked Government proposals to decommission the amphibious assault ships HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark as part of a package […]


Devonport Task Group reconvenes to fight threat to assault ships

A high level Plymouth task group has met to spearhead a campaign to stop threatened cuts to two Devonport-based amphibious assault ships. The Devonport Task Group has reconvened to protect HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark from the threat of being decommissioned by the Government. There are rumours that the ships could go under a Government review of […]


Council leader calls for rethink on leaked plans to cut Devonport ships

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer is calling for the Prime Minister and Defence Secretary to re-think leaked proposals to cut-Devonport based amphibious ships. Councillor Bowyer has written to Theresa May and Michael Fallon MP warning that potential plans to decommission HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark could have a serious impact on the city’s economy. […]


Projects to upgrade three libraries to get underway

Plymouth’s plan to transform and modernise its libraries is getting into gear with funding for the first set of improvement projects now approved. Meeting spaces are to be created in three existing libraries at Crownhill, Devonport and Southway so that the buildings can host a wider range of events to encourage people to use libraries […]


Help and information hub set up for Mount Wise tower block residents

Devonport tower block residents can drop into a multi-agency information hub to get information and updates about fire safety issues. Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue have opened the hub at Devonport Live in 60 George Street to help answer questions in relation to the three tower blocks […]


Residential tower blocks in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council does not manage any residential tower blocks in Plymouth. The Council and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are working with Plymouth Community Homes, who are responsible for the three tower blocks at Mount Wise. For the latest information on the Mount Wise tower blocks visit http://www.plymouthcommunityhomes.co.uk/


Oceansgate reaches new phase two milestone

The UK’s first Marine Enterprise Zone, Oceansgate, has reached the next step in its development as the second area of land has been signed over to Plymouth City Council. Oceansgate occupies a 35 hectare site on the southern edge of Devonport Dockyard, one of the largest naval dockyards in Europe. Work is already ongoing within […]


Vital Sparks marks third anniversary with new bursary awards

Four more Plymouth-based groups have been awarded Vital Sparks bursaries to help realise or kickstart their community arts projects. North Prospect Community Choir, Red Velvet Cinema, Devonport Lifehouse and Mutley Matters will all benefit from funding for their initiatives which include combating isolation, tackling mental ill health and championing community cohesion. Vital Sparks is a […]


Location, location, location: Oceansgate impresses business

T The impressive location as well as business potential of Oceansgate helped create a real buzz at the first business briefing to be held at the key site. Representatives from 40 businesses, including national and international companies, were given a tour of Oceansgate at the site of the former South Yard. Oceansgate is five times […]


City showcases Oceansgate to businesses

Representatives from 40 businesses will be at an event to mark the formal launch of Oceansgate, the first exclusively marine Enterprise Zone in the country. Oceansgate is the new name for South Yard, part of the Devonport Naval Dockyard which covers 35 ha, five times the size of the Royal William Yard. A marketing campaign […]


First phase of Oceansgate now submitted to planners

The first set of buildings to be designed for the city’s Oceansgate have been submitted to planners this week. A front building of offices and two rows of industrial units are planned for the entrance to the site,  which is destined to become a world class hub for marine industries. The two and three-storey buildings […]


Devonport SOUP event to support Plymouth Art Weekender

Our Arts and Heritage Service, Devonport Live and the Real Ideas Organisation have joined forces to support two local artists’ involvement in this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender. The three organisations are holding a ‘SOUP’ event at Devonport Guildhall on the evening of Thursday 14 July. During the event four artists or artists groups will be invited […]


Agents appointed to market Oceansgate across the globe

Property agents have now been signed up to sell South Yard as a major global player in the marine sector. Jones Lang Lasalle has been appointed to market the site at Devonport which has already attracted over 100 expressions of interest from marine businesses wanting to relocate there. The appointment comes as the Council unveils […]


Work complete on new North Corner Pontoon

Devonport’s new North Corner Pontoon will be open to the public from Friday 15 January. The historic waterfront feature, which was closed for safety reasons in June 2011, has undergone a complete restoration following a campaign by the local community, MP and ward councillors. Located just off the Cornwall Street beach, it now boasts a […]

Nathan Sanders (Council Senior Project and Contract Manager), Colin Bower (Managing Director at Docking Solutions Ltd), Edward Hobbs (Infrastructure Engineer at Aecom), Micky Goble (Council Pier Master) and Councillor Coker on the new North Corner Pontoon

Naval collection on the move

Plymouth Central Library’s extensive naval history collection is moving to Devonport Library this weekend. The collection includes books, images, journals and other artefacts and provides a fascinating background to the history of the Royal Navy in Plymouth. It is moving to Devonport ahead of the relocation of the Central Library and eventually being homed in […]


Join the Great British Tennis Weekend celebrations

Devonport Park is joining venues across the country in celebrating the Great British Tennis Weekend tomorrow and on Sunday. Organised by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and our sports development unit, the event will run from 10am until 4pm on both days and there will be loads of activities on offer for people of all […]


Council acts to force sale of derelict Devonport building

The Council is taking action to force the sale of a derelict and unsafe Grade 2 listed building which has been empty since a fire nine years ago. Plymouth City Council is starting enforced sale action under the Law of Property Act 1925, a former snooker club Pot Black – also known as the Former […]


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 […]


People of Plymouth lend a hand at the Big Sort day

  More than 40 people including staff from Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes and members of the public helped sort through the hundreds of bags of donations for families who have been affected by the Clowance Street fire. The volunteers packed into Stirling House in Honicknowle today to start sorting the bedding, clothes and shoes […]


Roar your terrible roars at Devonport Library’s Big Wild Rumpus

Devonport Library is joining The Big Wild Rumpus, a nationwide campaign to celebrate the nation’s love of Maurice Sendak’s book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. Fans young and old will gather at venues across the UK to read the book aloud and unleash their inner wild things at 11am on Saturday 13 June. The gnashing […]


South Yard given Enterprise Zone status

Joint release between Plymouth City Council and Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnership Plymouth’s South Yard is to become an Enterprise Zone, making the site even more attractive to businesses. Chancellor George Osborne today announced that the bid put forward by the Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnership (HotSW LEP) on […]


Funding boost for South Yard

Plymouth stands to receive a third of the total allocation for the entire region in today’s growth fund announcement. As well as the substantial support for the Forder Valley Link Road, the city has also secured £1.5 million for its exciting South Yard development plans. The fund will help establish the ‘direct development’ of ready-to-go […]


Social Enterprise Fund to help open up ebike shop

A social enterprise will be opening up a new shop in Devonport, thanks to support from the Council’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund.   Bikespace has opened its first shop and will sell electric bikes – or ebikes – as well as refurbished bicycles from its cycle recycling project already based in Devonport.   An empty shop in […]


South Yard outline planning application now submitted

Plymouth City Council has taken the next major step in transforming areas of South Yard into a dynamic new centre for the south west’s marine sector that is expected to bring with it 1,200 jobs.   With the submission of the outline planning application, the City Deal team has drawn up the broad framework for […]


New Devonport pontoon to be installed in the Spring

Work on the North Corner pontoon in Devonport is to begin early in the new year and is due to be completed by the Spring. Plymouth City Council has given the go-ahead for a £280,000 scheme to replace the landing stage, pontoon and struts after a campaign by local people and ward councillors. For many […]