The City of Plymouth has granted approval for the development of the Sugar Quay at Sutton Harbour. Sugar Quay, a €70.3m (£60m), 21-storey building on the eastern side of the harbour, will provide 170 apartments, restaurants and shops and will be a centerpiece development in the regeneration of Plymouth’s historic harbourfront, being led by Sutton Harbour Group.
Construction is expected to start within the next year, 2023, providing the time required for the finalisation of the construction drawings and specifications, the settling of construction contracts and the completion of the S106 pre-construction provisions. The construction is anticipated to require up to three years for this scale of building. Sugar Quay has been innovatively designed to act as a sentinel building for the harbour. The layout optimises its unique location, providing a significant increase in public space and space for leisure and retail activities, incorporating extraordinary westerly views to the marina, the Barbican, and the Hoe. These features at ground level also include improvement to public areas along the east side, with large open areas replacing the current narrow walkways. The Marrowbone slip will be fully integrated with the harbourfront spaces.
The milestone in the Sugar Quay project comes as construction is progressing well on the site of Sutton Harbour Group’s nearby Harbour Arch Quay development (HAQ). HAQ will be a striking new addition to the Sutton Harbour waterfront, with a limited collection of 12 two and three bed apartments, in addition to two luxury penthouses, enjoying views over Sutton Harbour Marina and Plymouth Sound.
Philip Beinhaker, Executive Chairman of Sutton Harbour Group, said: “We are very pleased to have completed the Section 106 legal agreement for Sugar Quay and to see the momentum gathering behind our plans to complete the regeneration of the eastern side of Sutton Harbour, enhance the wider historic harbour area and improve the links between the city and waterfront. The core theme running through all our projects is to maximise this wonderful location and its unique attributes as we work towards our vision of establishing Plymouth’s historic harbour among the finest in the UK, for the benefit of the residents, and visitors to Plymouth. It is about bringing high quality urban and building design to create enhanced urban and waterfront spaces, integrating and enlivening the City Centre, beautiful homes, engaging retail and leisure opportunities and welcoming public spaces for the benefit of all who live, work and visit here. Together with the positive impact on the built environment, the Section 106 agreement delivers a package of measures which ensures Sugar Quay will deliver a significant social and economic legacy for the city.”