Work on Millbay boulevard to begin a decade after plan
WORK is to start on the Millbay boulevard – a decade after it was first suggested by Barcelona architect David Mackay.
The first section of a planned new boulevard linking Plymouth city centre with the waterfront will be laid out and opened as part of a £19million waterfront housing development.
The southern end of the boulevard is being brought forward significantly earlier than anticipated as part of the next phase of development of 102 homes at Millbay's East Quay.
Lead developer English Cities Fund (ECf) has received planning permission from Plymouth City Council for the homes.
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The boulevard was a major part of the 2003 Mackay Vision for Plymouth. Mr Mackay called for the city to embrace its relationship with the sea once more and reconnect with its waterfront.
Another developer, James Brent, has said he would deliver a significant part of the boulevard when he redevelops the Pavilions. But his masterplan for the area shows a road curving to the east of the Pavilions instead of Mr Mackay's proposed boulevard following the line of Bath Street.
An ECf spokesman said they had worked closely with Plymouth City Council to agree the early construction of an interim boulevard from Millbay's inner basin through to Millbay Road.
"Completion of the final boulevard will tie in with planned future development at Millbay and will link with proposals for neighbouring redevelopment projects, including the Pavilions."
Duncan Cumberland, development director for Muse Developments, which is one of the partners in ECf, said: "We are keenly aware of the importance of Millbay's regeneration and the need to link the benefits of this back into the city centre.
"There is now real momentum behind the regeneration of Millbay."
Work on the next phase at East Quay, including the interim boulevard, is expected to start early this year and is scheduled to be completed by December next year.
The Homes and Communities Agency's (HCA) has agreed to invest in the scheme through its Get Britain Building programme. This investment is subject to agreement of legal terms which are due to be completed very shortly.
The regeneration of Millbay is gathering pace. Construction is progressing well on the apartment block Cargo 2, which had a successful sales launch in November and will see the first of its 48 new homes ready in April.
The new 179-berth King Point marina in the Millbay inner basin, built and operated by Sutton Harbour Group, and is scheduled to be opened in the summer.
Janet Ventre the Homes and Communities Agency area manager, said: "This project is demonstrating once again that it has huge potential to bring about the transformation of Plymouth by creating a new destination where people will want to live, work and visit."
Council leader Tudor Evans said: "This boulevard is something that has been talked about for so long, but it is finally happening.
"We've watched this spark of a vision for a waterfront city go from aspiration to reality. It's a huge and exciting step for Plymouth – it is opening up new horizons for this city."
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