First Oceansgate tenants announced as Phase 1 reaches completion
04 Apr 2018
Surejust, Trend Marine and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency will be the first to move into the new development in Devonport, Plymouth.
Oceansgate is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land in South Yard into the UK’s first marine enterprise zone, and it has been designed with the needs of marine businesses in mind.
Phase 1 has seen the creation of office and industrial space totalling 2,600m², with space for up to 21 businesses. The new buildings, Endeavour House and Endurance Court, were formally opened today by the leader of Plymouth City Council, Ian Bowyer.
Councillor Bowyer said:
“Oceansgate is an absolute fantastic development for Plymouth and having seen all the hard work put in by the team, I am delighted to be able to officially open Phase 1.
“The first three tenants, all of them marine related businesses, will be moving in very soon. As Britain’s Ocean City, we’re committed to ensuring growth and development in the sector and maximising the potential of our wonderful city.”
Surejust and Trend Marine are both suppliers to Princess Yachts and will each be occupying an industrial unit in Phase 1. The new location will enable them to provide even better service to Princess Yachts and develop new business opportunities in the South West.
Manufacturing company Surejust specialise in equipment used by the marine industry, including boilers and expansion tanks, whilst Trend Marine is an industry leading manufacturer producing marine glass and glazing products especially designed for yachts and super yachts.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is responsible for implementing maritime law and safety policy and preventing the loss of lives at sea. They are moving their existing Plymouth office to Oceansgate from its current base in Stonehouse, which they have outgrown.
The Oceansgate buildings have been designed to reflect the historic nature of South Yard and natural materials such as stone feature heavily. Architects Form Design Group wanted to emphasise the connection with the sea and have implemented a ‘kinetic wall’ on the façade of Endeavour House, which by reflecting light appears to ripple in the wind as though it’s water.
The buildings of Phase 1 have been constructed by Midas, with Aecom acting as technical advisors. Work on Phase 2 infrastructure is already underway with Balfour Beatty contractors installing services ahead of construction of the new buildings for Phase 2, which is due to start next year. Once all three phases of the development are complete, it will offer 25,000m² of flexible employment space and three docks suitable for marine industry dockside operations.