Staff from Kier Regional Building Western and Wales joined project partners and Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council to mark the start of works on phase two of Oceansgate, Plymouth’s new marine Enterprise Zone this week.
The phase two project is a £7.9m, three storey office building and 15 light industrial units which will be complete in Summer 2020. The development is a key part of Plymouth’s plans to grow its flourishing marine sector and will sit adjacent to the current buildings in Oceansgate which were completed in 2018.
During the event, invited guests witnessed Cllr Evans dig the first hole that ceremonially marks the start of construction on site. Where, as part of the project, Kier will be using natural building materials to ensure the development fits within its historic surroundings.
Doug Lloyd, Kier Regional Building, Area Manager, Devon said “We are delighted to start on site and begin work on this great addition to Plymouth’s Marine Enterprise Zone. Plymouth is synonymous with marine development and this investment will enable the continued growth in the sector, supporting both expanding marine businesses and attracting new specialists to the area.
“Kier has been established in Plymouth for over 90 years and we recognise the importance of continued investment to drive the local economy and investment in local people through employment and skills. We will work closely with Building Plymouth, the local education establishments and employment organisations to provide this vital career support “
Councillor Evans added: “We’re pushing ahead with our plans to support and develop Plymouth’s marine and maritime economy, attracting new businesses and supporting the growth of those already based here, which will pay dividends for the local economy. Oceansgate has a very big role to play in this.”
The project has received funding from Plymouth City Council as well as the European Regional Development Fund as was procured through the Southern Construction Framework.