Millbay regeneration’s latest development hits halfway mark
6 NOVEMBER 2018
The English Cities Fund is celebrating a significant moment in the transformation of Millbay as work on the £30 million latest phase of development has hit the halfway point.
The new 137-home development continues regeneration on the eastern side of the historic former Millbay docks, next to and following on from the multi-award-winning Quadrant Quay development.
Work got under way on Quadrant Wharf in autumn 2017 and has now reached the half-way stage, with the first new homes now available for reservation and scheduled to be completed in Autumn 2019.
Quadrant Wharf will feature a total of 137 new homes, with a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments laid out in two blocks and a row of split-level homes.
The scheme will also continue the new waterside promenade and Quadrant Quay’s coastal-themed, landscaped garden rooms, which won Best Public Space in the 2017 Abercrombie Awards for Plymouth.
And as part of Millbay’s aim to open up the historic waterfront and reconnect the area with the city, a further new pedestrian link will be created from West Hoe Road down on to the quayside.
Duncan Cumberland, development director for Muse Developments, which is one of the partners in the fund, said: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone on Quadrant Wharf which is leading the way on a pipeline of projects already under way or in the advanced stage of planning to continue to take forward Millbay’s transformation.
“It’s exciting to see the spotlight in Plymouth on the regeneration scheme as a key project for the city, with Plymouth City Council recently setting out its support for “making Millbay happen” and aiming to complete the boulevard linking the city centre to the vibrant new waterside quarter we are delivering here.
“We now look forward to development to the North of Millbay Road progressing to complement the considerable investment The English Cities Fund has already made in the area.”
The wider Millbay regeneration project is an exciting mix of residential, leisure, business and retail development, with high quality public spaces and direct access to the waterfront. The English Cities Fund, which is leading the project, is a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal and General and Homes England.
Considerable progress has already been made in delivering the Millbay vision, with over £90 million of a planned £200 million invested in the area and the first phase of the boulevard – Isambard Brunel Way – already laid out. Millbay now has more than 400 new homes, new businesses, the new 1,000-pupil Plymouth School of Creative Arts, the 171-berth King Point Marina and the successful Dock Restaurant, all contributing to an increasingly busy and vibrant local community.
In addition to Quadrant Wharf, work is also currently under way on the new Mayflower Court scheme being built by the Abbeyfield Society which will provide supported living and extra care for 80 residents and shared spaces for community use.
And a planning application was submitted earlier this year for the next exciting phase of development, with the fund proposing to build 58 apartments, a 126-bedroom hotel and ground floor retail/leisure space at the gateway to the new Millbay boulevard and overlooking the inner harbour.