Planning delivery in the city centre

In April 2010 after a lot of discussions and consultation with the local community the City Centre Area Action Plan was adopted.

What's happened

University of Plymouth Coastal Engineering Building

Marine engineering research and teaching facility building (six storeys) with associated hard and soft landscaping areas, bicycle parking areas. Approved 2010.

Plymouth College of Art

Planning permission has been given for a new further education centre extension (rising to seven storeys in height) and associated landscaping. Due to funding the College of Art are currently re-cladding the existing building, extending the gallery and improving the public open spaces. It remains an aspiration to raise the funds for the extension in the future.

Jigsaw Garden

The S106 for this site required the land owners to green the site if they had not developed it in a set period of time. This time passed and the landowners agreed to work with the University and Groundwork to create a temporary public open space for people to enjoy.

West End Public Realm

Plymouth’s West End Scheme has received a 'highly commended' award by transport and highways experts for its 'shared space' design that benefits shoppers, retailers and residents. The Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport and the Department of Transport held their annual awards on 16 June at Lord's Cricket Ground, where they recognise the most innovative transport schemes from Councils across the country.


Demolition of buildings and redevelopment of site to include 16, 21 and 23 storey building for a mixed use development, comprising arts and culture centre, retail, food and drink uses, financial and professional services and 608 student rooms. Highways improvements include a new pedestrian link between New George Street and Cornwall Street and associated landscaping and cycle parking.

Delivering change event

On 21 July 2010 an open invitation event was held at the Roland Levinsky Building. This event was organised to promote what has been happening in the city centre and the changes which are being made. The display panels which were at the event are available below:

 City centre delivering change event display board [PDF, 7MB]