Coming up: Go ahead for Plymouth Civic Centre conversion

Developer Urban Splash plans to revive listed Plymouth landmark with residential conversion, including office and commercial space at lower levels.

Urban Splash is aiming to make the Civic Centre a residential and cultural location for Plymouth (PIC Urban Splash)
Urban Splash is aiming to make the Civic Centre a residential and cultural location for Plymouth (PIC Urban Splash)

Developer Urban Splash has got the green light to convert Plymouth’s landmark Civic Centre to 144 apartments and leisure uses. The planned makeover of the 14 storey building in the city centre will also provide 4,600 square metres of office, shops and leisure space on the lower levels. Amenities are expected to include restaurants, bars, cafes, an art gallery, gym and a nursery. The developer has worked with architect Gillespie Yunnie on the refurbishment. The grade 2 listed Civic Centre dates from the 1960s and is central to the Abercrombie Plan for Plymouth.

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