LHC masterplan go-ahead for maritime centre at South Yard  

Planning approval granted for Devonport business centre

Plans to transform South Yard, Plymouth into a centre for maritime business and innovation, are moving forward with outline planning permission having been granted and the land transferred from the Ministry of Defence to Plymouth City Council.

Working alongside partners URS, Alder King and WWA, LHC prepared a masterplan for the scheme, which includes the refurbishment of existing listed buildings and the creation of over 25,000 square metres of commercial floorspace adjacent to the Tamar Estuary and the docks.

LHC’s urban design director Paul Osborne FLI says that the masterplan was developed through an iterative design process involving partner organisations including English Heritage, HCA and Plymouth City Council, as well as the Defence Estate. ‘Key issues included access and security, the relationship of the site to the Tamar Estuary and adjacent land-uses,’ he adds.

LHC has worked on a number of high profile schemes in Devonport, including the award-winning Gun Wharf, adjacent to the South Yard site.

Redevelopment of the site is expected to happen in several stages, Osborne explains, starting at the end of 2015, with the construction of offices, design suites, labs and light industrial facilities.

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