Development of Phase 2 takes shape
19 Sep 2018
The planning application for the second phase of Plymouth’s pioneering Oceansgate project has been submitted.
Oceansgate, based in Devonport Dockyard’s South Yard, is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land into a hub for marine businesses.
The first phase of the development, which was formally opened in March this year, saw the creation of 2,600 square metres of office and industrial space with new tenants including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Surejust and Trend Marine.
The Phase 2 plans include a three-storey office building and a further 15 light industrial units. The design of the buildings is in keeping with the rich history of the dockyard, with Plymouth limestone and granite amongst the materials used.
This particular area of South Yard holds huge historical significance and was formerly home to the original entrance to Devonport dockyard, including the main gates. The gates appear to have been dismantled sometime during the 1740s and rebuilt to form a wider gateway with guard houses on either side. At this time, two new pedestrian arches were also introduced.
The plans propose to reinstate the gateway arch to create a sense of arrival to this historic site and return the original stone balls – which were removed during the Blitz – to their place on top of the gates.