Construction has started on the first phase of Plymouth’s Oceansgate development at South Yard, with LHC acting as Technical Advisors – alongside contractors Midas and their architects Form Design – on what will be the UK’s only exclusively marine Enterprise Zone.
The start of work on site signifies a huge milestone for the project which, when complete, will see the southern edge of Devonport dockyard completely redeveloped and transformed into a centre for maritime business and innovation.
In 2015, working with partners Alder King and AECOM, the LHC team prepared a masterplan for the entire site which includes the refurbishment of existing listed buildings and the creation of over 25,000 m2 of commercial floor place adjacent to the Tamar Estuary, whilst ensuring careful provision for the site’s docks. LHC went on to prepared concept designs for the office accommodation which were taken forward by the successful contractor Midas and their team.
Start of construction on the first phase will realise 2,600 sqm of new office and industrial space built, to provide flexible space for businesses in the marine IT, technology and prototype industries allowing them to work collaboratively.
Alex Lammie, Associate Director at LHC and client Technical Advisor for the project said:
“Having been involved in the redevelopment of South Yard from the beginning, it is very exciting to see work start on site on what is set to be an extraordinary project which will transform this area of the city.
“This scheme will make a huge contribution to Plymouth’s economy and act as a catalyst for growth for many businesses. LHC has been at the heart of the regeneration of Devonport housing for many years, so it’s a privilege for us now to be involved in shaping this significant and innovative new enterprise district at South Yard”
LHC has now begun designing Phase Two of the project which will provide space for light industry and enterprises such as CAD specialists and design engineers working within the maritime industries. Linked to Phase One, these designs will also include a café and open-air meeting space, with a large proportion of offices enjoying spectacular, uninterrupted sea views.
To find out more about Oceansgate or enquire about office space, visit the project website.