Completion of landmark £30 million waterside development signals latest chapter in Millbay’s transformation
The innovative repurposing and transformation of Millbay, Plymouth, has taken another major step forward with the completion of the latest landmark waterside development bringing new homes and life back to the city’s revitalised former docks.
The stunning Quadrant Wharf development continues the multi-award-winning mixed-use regeneration scheme which is creating a vibrant and welcoming harbourside community at the heart of Britain’s Ocean City.
Millbay is being delivered by The English Cities Fund — a strategic joint venture between national urban regenerator, Muse Developments, Legal and General, and Homes England – in partnership with Plymouth City Council.
With over £120 million of a planned £250 million invested in the area already, the new coastal quarter for Plymouth is delivering an innovative mix of residential, leisure, business, hotel, leisure and retail development, with high-quality public spaces and direct access to the waterfront.
The completion of the £30 million Quadrant Wharf marks another significant milestone for Millbay and takes forward regeneration on the eastern side of the historic former docks, following on from the neighbouring and hugely popular Quadrant Quay scheme.
The 137-home development has been thoughtfully designed to make the most of its enviable coastal location, with its apartments split across two light and airy buildings – Aqua House and Lye House – and a selection of cleverly designed split-level homes making up Canola Row. Many of the properties benefit from balconies or terraces with some providing views across the water or marina.
The scheme also continues the new waterside promenade and Quadrant Quay’s award-winning coastal-themed, landscaped garden rooms. 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 has been created from West Hoe Road down to the quayside. It was built by Vistry Partnerships.
Duncan Cumberland, residential development director for The English Cities Fund, said: “This is an important step forward for Millbay and also for Plymouth as we continue to lead the regeneration of this key part of the city’s waterfront and deliver what is fast becoming a vibrant and diverse community here.
“Quadrant Wharf continues our approach to contemporary architecture and innovative design for Millbay, where our aim from the outset has been to blend together a real mix of uses, amenities and homes to create a distinctive, high-quality destination which is a real asset for the local community and an attractive location for a wide range of prospective buyers.”
The fund has taken a phased approach to delivering Millbay, as a long-term regeneration partner for Plymouth. To date, the development has delivered over 550 new homes, 43,000 sq ft of business and retail space, improved infrastructure and refurbished listed docksides, new public realm, a 1,000- pupil school, the 171-berth King Point Marina and Dock Restaurant, with 400 more homes, a 126 bed hotel, 80-home extra care facility and more commercial space to follow in the next five years.
The fund’s multi-million refurbishment of Millbay’s inner harbour and listed quay walls has also helped position Plymouth as an internationally acclaimed sailing venue, with Millbay the location for the race village for the Americas Cup World Series in 2011 and set to play a key role in one of the world’s most spectacular international sailing events next year, when SailGP visits the city in 2021 following events in San Francisco and New York.