Masterplan for a significant large-scale mixed-use development in Plymouth.

The Millbay Regeneration Scheme will see the existing disused docks area near the centre of Plymouth become a vibrant mixed-use waterfront destination and one of the most important large-scale redevelopment projects in the UK. The masterplan includes 900 dwellings, a hotel, leisure-retail space, school, offices, parking and a new boulevard connecting the city centre to the waterfront at Millbay. At its heart is a new marina with carefully considered ground floor uses and public realm.

The award-winning scheme is a private-public partnership by English Cities Fund. The pioneering scheme will see the regeneration of the declining docklands area on the fringe of the city which will breath new life into the local economy. Public access to the historic waterfront will be restored and, as well as providing much-needed housing, the scheme’s integrated public spaces will be a benefit for the wider community and the city.

Ferguson Mann Architects have also been involved in designing residential apartment blocks in various locations across Millbay including Cargo 1, Cargo 2 and Quadrant Wharf which is located on East Quay at the south end of the site.

This masterplan has proved to be a unique piece of work for the practice. There have been numerous and at times unprecedented constraints on site such as the issues caused by historic drainage systems that serve the wider city centre area. This, and the fact that our involvement in the scheme continues through the housing projects has meant that the masterplan has seen an evolution over time and has resulted in a sentient form of masterplanning responding to live situations as they unfold on site.