The Government’s Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris MP, has visited Plymouth to meet those responsible for the regeneration of Brunel Plaza.
The scheme involves an upgrade for Plymouth Railway Station, along with a major revamp of the surrounding area, including the redevelopment of Intercity House by the University of Plymouth to train the city’s future health professionals. There will also be a new hotel and multi-storey car park, improvements to public areas and links to the city centre.
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said
“Our stations serve as gateways to our towns and cities, ensuring communities are connected, enabling access to education and employment and facilitating tourism. The Brunel Plaza Scheme will mark an exciting new chapter for Plymouth and I was delighted to visit the station to see first-hand how it will help transform the area into a vibrant catalyst for regeneration. This government will continue to invest in vital projects such as this to ensure we boost regional economies and build back better from Covid-19.”
Permission was granted in September 2019 for the Intercity Place project, which will involve the complete regeneration of an 11-storey building overlooking Plymouth Railway Station.
It will be reconfigured and refurbished throughout – with the exterior also being rejuvenated – so that the finished development creates a striking and welcoming entrance to Britain's Ocean City. The University has now signed a long-term lease on the building from Network Rail, and work will begin imminently to give it a new lease of life.
Once completed, it will house inter-professional clinical skills facilities for the University’s Faculty of Health and be used to train future nurses, midwives, paramedics, physiotherapists, and other allied health professionals. There will also be additional educational services, enabling staff to work together in one location to support the future health workforce.