Full planning permission granted for Old Town Street renewal in Plymouth

Full planning permission has been granted for the proposals by British Land and Plymouth City Council for the enhancement of Old Town Street in Plymouth.

The designs for the much-anticipated urban regeneration scheme created by Chapman Taylor, centre on the sensitive renovation of Norwich Union House, creating a decluttered and attractive, glazed frontage at the ground floor, and restoring the modernist stone design at the upper levels.

The retail units will be modernised to attract new tenants, while a variety of new retail extensions will be provided in the rear service yard, capable of accommodating a wide range of offers.

Meanwhile, the tired public areas of Old Town Street and New George Street will be reinvigorated by MacGregor Smith and British Land on behalf of Plymouth City Council, with new ‘urban rooms’ created to encourage visitors to dwell. The spaces, largely pedestrianised and beautifully landscaped with new gardens and geometric floorscapes, will be flexible and capable of hosting a number of events and activities.

Six sensitively designed retail pavilions, in keeping with the design of Norwich Union House, will be created in the centre of both streets, providing a home for new retailers and stimulating a renewed commercial vibrancy in this part of Plymouth city centre.

The response from members of the public to the proposals during the consultation phase was very positive – with a warm welcome given to the much-needed urban renewal scheme.

Joanna Stott (BA (Hons) Dip Arch)

Associate Director, UK

Joanna joined Chapman Taylor in 2008 as a Senior Architect bringing an all-round design experience in masterplanning, detailed design, construction and project delivery.

Becoming an Associate Director in 2012 she is now responsible for leading UK asset enhancement schemes and international mixed-use developments. She also oversees Chapman Taylor’s ISO 14001 Environmental Management system.

With over 20 years’ experience, Joanna’s primary interest is in the creation of successful urban regeneration, retail-led mixed-use developments.

Areas of expertise:

Mixed-use / Retail / Residential / Masterplanning / Transportation

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