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Proposals launched for a vibrant, green, safe and fun Armada Way

17 October 2023

The long-awaited new designs proposed for Armada Way have been published today – showing a greener, safer, more family friendly city centre – a space that brings life back to the heart of Plymouth.

Today (17 October) marks the launch of the six-week consultation on the plans for Armada Way.

The proposed designs:

  • Recapture the scale and grandeur of Armada Wayproviding a gateway to the city centre, linking the train station to The Hoe.  
  • Include more trees and greenery 50 more trees than there were previously on Armada Way (before the felling). The new trees will all be 3.5 to 8 metres high when planted, to give immediate environmental benefits and a canopy to provide cover.   
  • Include a huge destination play village for families – that will be the size of five tennis courts, full of spaces to run, splash, balance, swing, climb, relax and sit, for children of all ages and their carers / parents to enjoy.  
  • Will help wildlife and nature – there will be a variety of trees providing a range of habitats, shrubs, wildflowers and reed beds, as well as bug hotels and bird boxes. 
  • Works smartly to deal with the city’s rainwater – includes a new surface water drainage system, powered by solar panels to make it sustainable. It will recycle the water to maintain the plants and trees.
  • Has improved safety for all – the installation of 12 and 15 metre high lighting throughout and feature lighting to up-light plants and create patterns on the ground.  A much-improved CCTV system will help to deter anti-social behaviour.   
  • Has more places to sit, relax and eat there will be space for 500 people to sit.   
  • Includes a new cycling path for people of all abilities – a new cycle path is proposed to cater for cyclists of all abilities, with cycle racks and Beryl Bike hubs. 
  • Has plenty of pop-up spaces with water and power – pop-up spaces for retail, arts and entertainment.  

Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “Our city deserves to have a better city centre, a city centre that rivals others across the country and one where people want to live, work, visit, shop and do business in.

“We have worked really hard on these proposals. We have not started with a blank sheet of paper, but have scrutinised the feedback from previous consultations to try and incorporate as much as possible.

“These new designs have the environment, families, business and safety at the very heart of the proposals.

“We are proposing 202 trees from a wide range of species that will give cover and shade. Trees that will thrive in an urban environment and become part of a spectacular new look and feel for the city centre.

“We have included the innovative water drainage system powered by new solar canopies, which will not only help water the trees and planting but will also protect the Sound from pollution. And most exciting, for anyone with children, we have included a new huge play area – enticing families to come to the city centre and spend their time.

“We have thought long and hard about what we think the city centre needs to bring people and life back and I believe that these proposals have got what it takes. However, I want to hear from the people who live and work in our city and understand their views.

“We have a robust consultation process, delivered by an independent company – ECF. You can tell them your views online, in person or by picking up a hard copy of the survey.

“I would like Plymouth to look forward, work together to help shape the final designs positively and constructively. This is our city centre and it is incumbent on us all to create a space that will be vibrant, green, economically sound and most importantly be a fantastic place to be.”

To see the proposals and have your say online, go to: http://letstalkarmadaway.co.uk

See our launch video with Councillor Evans

To ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to have their say, you can also:  

  • See a display of the proposals in various places along Armada Way, including on the hoardings around the northern compound.
  • Collect hard copies of the survey from Central Library – you can request a survey from staff and return it via a secure box
  • Talk to one of the ECF team who will be out and about on Armada Way wearing purple hoodies at stages throughout the consultation

For more information on Armada Way, go to: www.plymouth.gov.uk/armada-way