Britain’s Ocean City is set to become even more advanced in all things marine as plans for an innovative enterprise hub get underway.
Plymouth’s 200-year-old South Yard is being given a new lease of life and renamed Oceansgate as part of one of the UK’s biggest marine developments.
The 35-hectare of Devonport South Yard is being regenerated by Plymouth City Council, which is working with specialists across the South West to deliver the scheme.
The £20-million project has attracted global attention as it’s expected to become a world-class hub for marine industries, with more than 160 companies already showing interest in moving into the South Yard.
The scheme is broken down into three phases. Work for phase one is already underway and will include new office and industrial space at the gateway of the South Yard. Phase two is due to begin next year and will see further development of offices and industrial design. From desks to docks, the third and final phase will provide ‘state of the art’ facilities for marine manufacturing, direct access to docks and car park space for 300 vehicles.
The enterprise zone has been welcomed by many, including Director of Devonport Operations, Marine Naval Bases, Babcock International Group Chris Tomkins.
He said: “We welcome the redevelopment of Oceansgate as a centre for marine production. This provides Babcock with the opportunity to work closer with key suppliers and innovative marine businesses to complement and improve our delivery performance.”
You can find out more about the project here