Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal have appointed a team of consultants to drive their South Yard proposal, which has involved releasing land from within Devonport Naval Base for development.
The site, which has been designated an Enterprise Zone, will act as a catalyst for economic growth in the South West. This is a key aim of the City Deal which tackles the barriers to development and productivity, and embraces the South West’s strengths, particularly within the marine and manufacturing sectors.
South Yard has the potential to become a prime location for private sector investment in the marine industry, due to its proximity to other similar organisations, along with access to deep water for research and testing.
The works will include the refurbishment of existing buildings as well as new builds, with careful provision for the site’s docks, heritage and Listed Buildings.
URS were appointed, with WWA among the specialist local sub-consultants. The first phase of works are now complete and included a suite of inspections, investigations, surveys and masterplanning services. WWA provided Quantity Surveying advice to assist in determining the viability of the site to allowed for a transfer of land to Plymouth City Council in 2015.