Work is due to start on a £60million block of flats on Plymouth waterfront in 2020 – and this is how it will look.
New images have been released of how the Sugar Quay development will appear when it towers above Sutton Harbour.
Plymouth architects at AWW have drawn these stunning images, on behalf of developer Sutton Harbour Group Plc (SHG), which have been submitted with plans to Plymouth City Council.
They show a mixed-use block 20 floors high, making it one of the tallest towers in Plymouth. It is planned to be constructed by late 2022 and would contain 170 apartments.
Sugar Quay is just one of several developments SHG, which also owns the long lease on the former Plymouth City Airport site, has in the pipeline for the Plymouth waterfront.
In 2018 SHG raised £3million from shareholders to kick-start development of the Sugar Quay and, a stone’s throw away on the other side of the existing Salt Quay House, Harbour Arch Quay.
The AIM-listed company said it wants to start work on the nine-storey apartment block in late 2019, with all 14 apartments being marketed off-plan. The building could be completed in just over a year.
It is also working on plans for a waterside boardwalk and floating pontoons on which live gigs and film festivals could be staged.
A planning application has been submitted to Plymouth City Council for consent to install two large event pontoons and a waterside pedestrian walkway linking Vauxhall Quay with Guys Quay.
The pontoons could be used to host events such as live music concerts, film festivals and exercise classes or yoga, and even live big-screen showings of major sporting events.
Similar pontoons have been installed at the famous St Katharine Docks in London and were used for a floating film festival this year, with audiences enjoying blockbusters while sitting in deck chairs under a canopy.
It is hoped the applications will be progressed in time for the pontoons to be installed ahead of the Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020, the company said.
SHG is also pressing ahead with work to upgrade its Plymouth Fisheries site and said a two-storey Harbour Car Park extension, which will accommodate a further 114 parking spaces, is also due to start late 2019, with the additional parking to be available for use in summer 2020.
A recent statement from SHG to the Stock Exchange said: “During the summer months the company has made good progress with pre-construction preparations for two consented developments at Sutton Harbour.
“Financing of the smaller Harbour Arch Quay building has been arranged and construction is expected to start before the end of the calendar year, along with the launching of the marketing of the 14 apartments. The building should take just over a year to complete.
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“The larger Sugar Quay scheme is proceeding to construction drawings, bidding by construction contractors and scheme financing, with an anticipated start in Q1 of 2020 of the approximate 30 month build programme.”
The statement added: “The company continues to upgrade its existing capital infrastructure and works are currently underway to construct a new fuel delivery system at Plymouth Fisheries. This capital investment of approximately £800,000 has qualified for 50% grant funding.
“To improve public access and events space at Sutton Harbour Marina, in addition to creating additional larger berths in time for the summer of 2020, marine licensing applications have been submitted to enable the installation of some new additional pontoons.”