Millbay shortlisted for national property award
Millbay’s ongoing transformation into a vibrant new waterfront quarter for Plymouth will be recognised nationally next week as it shares the stage with leading UK development and regeneration projects in the finals of the Property Awards 2019.
The regeneration scheme is shortlisted in the Placemaking Award category in recognition for the way it is breathing new life into the former docks site, with high-quality homes, business space, leisure and community facilities.
The Property Awards, organised by Property Week, are the UK’s leading and most prestigious annual awards dedicated to the property industry. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony which takes place in Grosvenor House, London, on Wednesday, on April 24.
Given the prestige of the awards, the competition is intense, with Millbay being joined on a 12-strong shortlist by high-profile projects including Urban Splash’s Park Hill regeneration in Sheffield; major redevelopment schemes in the City of London, Leeds and Swansea; and successful commercial and residential developments spanning the South East, Midlands and Northern Ireland.
The Millbay regeneration scheme is an exciting mix of residential, leisure, business and retail development, with high quality public spaces and direct access to the waterfront. The English Cities Fund, which is leading the project, is a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal and General and Homes England.
Muse Developments has been shortlisted in two further categories at the Property Awards, for Developer of the Year and Deal of the Year.
Considerable progress has already been made in delivering the Millbay vision, with over £90 million of a planned £200 million invested in the area. Millbay now has more than 400 new homes, new businesses within 25,000ft2 of new business space, the new 1,000-pupil Plymouth School of Creative Arts, the 171-berth King Point Marina and the successful Dock Restaurant, all contributing to an increasingly busy and vibrant local community.
Work is also currently under way on two further projects in the regeneration.
The new 137-home Quadrant Wharf development is continuing the redevelopment of the eastern side of the historic former docks, next to and following on from the multi-award-winning Quadrant Quay. Scheduled for completion from autumn 2019, homes are now available for reservation.
And nearby, the new Mayflower Court scheme is being built by the Abbeyfield Society and will provide supported living and extra care for 80 residents as well as shared spaces for community use.
Duncan Cumberland, Development Director for Muse Developments, which is one of the partners in the Fund, said: “It’s fantastic for Millbay and for Plymouth to be recognised nationally for what is being achieved here.
“The Millbay masterplan was the result of close engagement with the community over many years. In executing this we have focused on quality of design and materials to create an architecturally impressive, diverse and vibrant community which can be enjoyed by new and existing residents, business and visitors.”