This is the £27m masterplan to improve Plymouth city centre
Plymouth City Council wants to make areas of the city more attractive to encourage tourism and spending
A £27 million scheme to improve Plymouth city centre’s streets and walkways has been announced.
The Better Places project is set transform the city centre to make it more attractive to visitors and investors.
Plymouth City Council is to splash out £27 million over the next five years on the project in an effort to improve the look and feel of the city centre’s main thoroughfares and open spaces.
Council chiefs hope improving open spaces, pathways and cycling routes in the city centre will make areas more attractive and encourage investment, the Plymouth Herald reports.
The aim of the scheme is to boost visitor numbers and improve trade to ensure the city centre looks its best in time for the Mayflower 400 celebrations and beyond.
Now, a design-led consultant team behind some of the UK’s most impressive regeneration schemes has been appointed to lead a multi-million-pound project to transform the open spaces and pedestrian areas around the city centre.
The consultation team behind the project, WSP and LDA Design, have worked on a number of high-profile projects including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Prince of Wales’s Poundbury development.
They will work alongside Plymouth City Council to bring the plans already outlined in the City Centre Masterplan and the Joint Local Plan to life.
Council Leader, Cllr Ian Bowyer said: “We are pleased to announce the appointment of our consultant team to the ‘Better Places – Plymouth’ project and look forward to working closely with them over the coming years.
“We are at the start of an exciting rejuvenation project for our city and I am looking forward to the next stage, identifying detailed proposals for changes that need to be made and sharing these ideas with the public and our stakeholders.”
Lucy Jones, WSP project manager, said: “This project will transform Plymouth city centre, renewing and rejuvenating its open spaces and pedestrian areas in the lead up to the Mayflower 400 celebrations and beyond.”
The team behind the multi-million pound project are now moving forward with the next stage of the development – which will include consultation with the public and stakeholders.
They will also start preparing a business case to cover the detailed design and construction costs for each of the schemes in the city centre.
Steve Hughes, Chief Executive of the Plymouth City Centre Company, said: “We are delighted with this announcement which means a substantial investment by the council in the city centre.”
The Better Places initiative comes at a time when Plymouth is benefitting from a series of major investments and schemes already underway in the City Centre and Waterfront area.
This includes the regeneration of Millbay by English Cities Fund with over 400 homes, employment space, a new school, marina and restaurant now complete as well as outline consent for a further 600 homes, more leisure, retail, office, hotel development.
A new coach station has opened, work is well underway on the new £37 million Box – the city’s new history, arts and culture centre on North Hill, a £3.5m refurbishment of the City Market has been completed and a major shop front improvement initiative is underway.
Demolition work is well underway at Bretonside ahead of the construction of the Drake Circus Leisure cinema and food and drink complex.