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Barrack Court marches towards completion

(L-R) David Agnew Director at Brady Construction Services, James Watt, Head of Land and Property for Plymouth City Council, Councillor Mark Shayer, and Nikki Griffiths - Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor for the project, Ward Williams Associates
(L-R) David Agnew - Director at Brady Construction Services, James Watt - Head of Land and Property for Plymouth City Council, Councillor Mark Shayer, and Nikki Griffiths - Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor for the project - Ward Williams Associates

Business units in the new Barrack Court are nearly complete and ready to be let.

Barrack Court comprises a development of high quality, sustainable business units (light industrial and offices) in William Prance Road and is another of the Council’s direct development schemes designed to address a shortage of modern business units.

The development is across two separate blocks, and occupies a highly prominent site on the well-established Plymouth International Medical and Technology Park.

The units offer:

  • Brand new industrial/hybrid and office units
  • Mezzanine floors in various configurations
  • Allocated car parking and dedicated EV charging points.

The units are easily accessible via Tavistock Road to the west, via Derriford Roundabout and Brest Road to the North and will now also benefit from access to the new Platinum Parkway. Nearby occupiers include The Range HQ (directly opposite), PDSA Pet Hospital and HM Land Registry.

EV charging points will be available
EV charging points will be available

Councillor Mark Shayer, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Economy said: “It is great news to hear that Barrack Court is nearly finished. There is a shortage of high quality space for businesses so we are building to encourage expanding firms or new firms to the city to move in.

“Not only are we helping to meet the demand for employment space for over 50 jobs, we are helping secure local construction and supply chain jobs.

“It is in a great location. With the recent opening of the Platinum Parkway, and the hospital close by, the units are in the perfect location near our cities most vital links.”

Karl Tucker, Chair of the Heart of the South West LEP, said: “It’s fantastic to see the completion of the Barrack Court development, providing modern, purpose-built units to local businesses. We are delighted to have contributed £10.16 million to improve connectivity in the area through the Derriford Transport Scheme, which will increase traffic capacity and provide better links to businesses moving onto the site.”

David Agnew, Director at Brady Construction Services added: “We are delighted to have delivered this prestigious and high-quality development for Plymouth City Council, which will provide fantastic working spaces for local businesses. 

“We are proud to have offered employment and skills opportunities throughout the duration of the project in conjunction with Building Plymouth and to have been able to participate in the Open Sites initiative encouraging young people to pursue a career in the construction industry.”

Barrack Court
Barrack Court

Block 1 comprises a terrace of four light industrial/hybrid units of steel frame construction with insulated electric roller shutter doors and varying sizes of mezzanine floors.

Block 2 comprises six individual offices over two floors – with the first floor units all having their own dedicated platform lift.

All units have been designed flexibly so that they can be combined to create larger spaces, and will be available to the market on a leasehold basis, enquiries should be made to the appointed Commercial Agent – Vickery Holman on 01752 261811.

Across both blocks solar PV has been installed together with other sustainable features such as a highly efficient air source heat pump system, solar reflective glass, LED lighting increased levels of insulation, natural lighting and ventilation – all of which combine to try and minimise running costs and energy usage.

Internally, the units have been specified to a very high standard with all units benefitting from kitchenettes, dedicated WC’s and showers (supporting green methods of commuting - cycle, walking, running to work).

The scheme cost around £4 million and the Heart of South West Local Enterprise have contributed £1.6 million grant funding.

The premises will form part of the Council’s property portfolio, helping to bring in rental income into the city’s services.