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City Council to develop an acre plot which could create 56 new jobs

Posted on 25th November 2018 in Uncategorized

An empty patch of land could become home for new and expanding businesses looking to be part of a highly-successful international business park.

Plymouth City Council is to develop an acre plot at the Plymouth International Medical and Technology Park in Derriford so that it can house more small or medium-sized businesses in ready to work space.

A decision is being signed this week that will give the green light to a ‘direct development’ scheme designed to create or support around 56 full time jobs.

Council leader Tudor Evans said: “We have been incredibly successful with our direct development schemes. We know there is a shortage of good modern offices and industrial units, so we are building them ourselves and businesses are flocking to them.”

Under the proposal, the council would build around 1,799 square metres of high quality commercial workspace using sustainable technology to minimise carbon emissions and running costs. This could including solar photovoltaic panels, better insulation, lighting and highly efficient heating systems.

When complete, the premises will form part of the council’s property portfolio, helping to bring in rental income into the city’s services. As it falls within the city boundaries, the businesses would also contribute business rates to Plymouth.

The city has a number of ‘direct development’ schemes including Oceansgate at Devonport which specialises in marine technology companies and Hearder Court at Langage Business Park which has recently been completed and has six units available to let ranging in size from 193 to 1,015 square metres.

Council Evans, said: “We are being proactive – stepping in and making things happen. One of our pledges is to build more factories and work space and why? because it means securing jobs, encouraging businesses to invest and stay here – as well as  earn a long term steady income for the Council.”

The decision seeks approval authorise expenditure and progress the procurement process. The Council will oversee the project with a a full professional team appointed to develop the scheme to detailed planning stage

The scheme will then be tendered on a traditional design and build basis.

Plymouth International Business Park is a well-established and popular location for employment space and good modern premises are in short supply.

Organisations already based there include The Peninsula Radiology Academy, Biovault Technical, the UK’s leading and largest private tissue bank and K2 Medical Systems.

It is in the north of Plymouth which is set to grow significantly over the next 15 years. Nearby the new Range Headquarters office and training facility and new store is currently being built.

Drakes Island for Sale for £6m

Posted on 14th October 2018 in Uncategorized

Dan McCauley purchased the land for £384,000 in 1995, is looking to sell for £6m. His company Rotolock Holding Limited was granted planning permission for a major development, which would include a spa, restaurant and 25 double and twin bedrooms.

The six-acre former fortress has been used as a religious centre, a prison during the reign of Charles II and, most recently, as an adventure training facility which closed its doors almost 30 years ago.

Mr McCauley’s son, Aidan, said: ‘We want to see the place come back to life. It has to come back to life.’

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New £50m new hotel and multi-storey car park has been revealed.

Posted on 24th September 2018 in Uncategorized
The Developer plans to build a new 12-storey hotel and nine storey car park on the former TV and Foot Anstey headquarters
It will create a 55 room double branded hotel to appeal to two different markets and create a car park for 300 vehicles.
It’s expected to cost between £45-50m and the Architects Design Group (ADG), who are involved in the plans have stressed its still at an early stage. A decision on the outline application is expected to be made in November 2018.
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Simon Zutshi speaking at Plymouth pin this month!

Posted on 9th October 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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We are delighted to confirm that at this month’s Plymouth pin meeting on Tuesday 13th October our main speaker for the night is none otherthan Simon Zutshi who is the founder of pin, and author of property bestseller Property Magic.

We are delighted that Simon will be sharing his new talk about ethical property investing.

It is a sad fact that, any industry where you can make big money will sometimes attract people who are not as ethical as maybe they should be, and unfortunately, the property world, where you can make a huge amount of money, is no exception.

Since most investors like to buy property at the lowest price possible, some people view this as unethical, taking advantage of vendors who desperately need to sell their property. However it need not be like this, in fact quite the opposite, by finding people who have a property related problem, and then looking to find an ethical win win solution to that problem everyone can benefit.

This presentation will include a number of case studies to help you understand this concept and how you can apply it to make money whilst helping other people.

In his presentation Simon will share with you the following valuable information:
How to find and help motivated sellers who will be happy to sell their property to you for less than it is worth.
The five magic words to help build rapport
How to pay less for property whilst being ethical
How to beat the competition and get vendors wanting to sell to you
If you want to pay less for your next property but also operate in an ethical manner then you need to reserve you place at this month’s pin meeting here now: http://www.plymouthpin.co.uk

We do hope you can join us at the Plymouth pin meeting on Tuesday 13th October.

P.S. We expect this to be our busiest meeting so far because Simon is speaking, so please reserve your place now and remember if you book at least 72 hours you will get entered into our monthly prize draw to win a fantastic prize. Reserve your place now. http://www.plymouthpin.co.uk

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Ocean City Festival

Posted on 30th August 2015 in Uncategorized

1 week to go until Ocean City Festival sponsored by Ocean BMW returns with tons of events including chef demos, music, entertainment and leisure!

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Boston Tea Party opens in Jamaica House

Posted on 7th July 2015 in Uncategorized

boston_tea_partyPlymouth’s eagerly awaited Boston Tea Party café-bar opens in the dramatically rejuvenated Jamaica House building on Sutton Harbour this Saturday (July 11th).

The BTP chain launches its first Plymouth outlet this weekend after major renovations of the historic Grade II listed building, which borders Vauxhall Street and Exchange Street on Sutton Harbour.

The three-storey building has been sensitively restored and two floors transformed to seat 150 inside, with a flower-enclosed outdoor seating area for 30 created with stunning views over the marina towards the Barbican.

Sam Roberts, Managing Director of BTP, said: “We’ve been wanting to open a venue in Plymouth for some time but it wasn’t until we found the perfect location at Jamaica House in the historic Sutton Harbour that it was made possible. We’re thrilled to be bringing Boston Tea Party to Plymouth, a city so full of character, and can’t wait to be based right in the heart of the action in the lively waterfront with its tremendous atmosphere.

“Come and see us soon: we’re open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with great craft beers on tap to try over a meal, or pop in early for a coffee – or brunch – on your way to work.”

The Plymouth Boston Tea Party venue has been given its own unique character with an eclectic mix of up-cycled, salvaged and restored furniture and fittings installed, including old gymnasium flooring on the walls and school chairs.

The café-bar will be open from 7am-9pm Monday to Wednesday, 7am-11pm Thursday to Saturday, and 8am-9pm on Sundays.

A regularly changing seasonal menu employing local produce where possible will include breakfast, main meals, a children’s menu, freshly ground coffee, and a range of craft ales, beers and cider on draught, as well as a variety of other drinks, snacks and homemade cakes.

Boston Tea Party has created 35 new jobs at the Plymouth venue, the majority filled by local applicants.

Charlotte Malcolm, Commercial Marketing Manager for Sutton Harbour Holdings plc, said: “There has been huge interest in the new Boston Tea Party venue opening in Sutton Harbour this weekend as this enormously popular chain arrives in Plymouth at last. “Vauxhall Quay is proving a popular location with people visiting the recently opened pizza and cider restaurant The Stable, and we’re excited to have another fantastic national chain launching just next door at Jamaica House.

“Our ongoing drive to regenerate the waterfront district of Britain’s Ocean City is supported by landmark buildings like this being redeveloped, along with our plans to create a £3million boardwalk providing a pedestrian link over the water from Vauxhall Quay to Guy’s Quay.”

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First Great Western WIFI

Posted on 19th November 2014 in Uncategorized

First Great Western has announced a time scale for the implementation of free WiFi on board its High Speed Train fleet and Night Riviera Sleeper services.

On 14 October First Great Western pledged to increase WiFi provision as part of its new, 23-month franchise. First Great Western has now concluded an agreement with Nomad Digital which will see all 53 of its High Speed Trains and its Night Riviera trains fitted with WiFi.

Work on fitting the High Speed Trains with WiFi will start in May 2014, with full completion due by the end of the year.  WiFi on the two daily Night Riviera services will be available by June 2014.

First Great Western Managing Director Mark Hopwood said:

“We have trialled WiFi on board our fleet of Class 180 trains, serving the north Cotswolds, and it has been very well received by customers.

“I am delighted that we are able to extend this free service, and within the next year all high speed and Sleeper fleet customers will be able to read their emails, browse the web, or simply catch up with friends while on the move.”

WiFi is currently available at a number of FGW stations through the public provider The Cloud.

Nomad Digital, the company chosen to provide the wireless solutions for the High Speed Train and Sleeper fleets, has seen a vast increase in demand for WiFi and other wireless connected services on trains worldwide. Nomad Digital’s CEO, Andrew Taylor said:

“The public’s demand for WiFi connectivity on transport has grown rapidly, becoming a vital tool for working and staying connected while on the move. Nomad is proud to be providing the technology, as well as playing a central part in another valuable service that First Great Western will provide for its customers.”

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Oktoberfest at the Treasury

Posted on 2nd October 2014 in Plymouth Events, Uncategorized

 

 

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If you have even the faintest interest in beer, you’ll know that brew lovers from around the world gather each year in Munich, Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest. The 16-day drink fest that runs through Oct. 5 serves only beers that conform to German purity regulations (the Reinheitsgebot) and which are brewed within the city limits of Munich.

If you aren’t lucky enough to make it to the Bavarian capital, don’t worry, The Treasury in Plymouth will be putting on Oktoberfest on Saturday 4th October from 7pm Black Friday & Retro Gents plus authentic Bavarian band the Hugaal Oompahs!

Some more interesting facts about Oktoberfest to get you in the spirit.

1) Wish Oktoberfest 2014 a very happy 204th birthday. In 1810, the very first Oktoberfest took place in Munich, Germany to honor Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage. Today, the 16-day beer festival is still going strong.

2) If you’re wondering how much beer is consumed by the 6 million people that go to Oktoberfest each year –it’s a lot. To be precise, it’s 1.8 million gallons of beer. That’s like filling the legendary King’s Pond pool at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Hawaii with brew.

3) This year, 48,000 members of the baker’s union threatened to strike, inciting fear of a possible pretzel shortage, or as you say in Munich, Riesnbrezn shortage. In the end, the bakers chose to respect the Oktoberfest tradition and are keeping the pretzels flowing.

4) In an effort to keep festival attendees as safe, the Red Cross has set up 15 hangover beds for people, in case they need to sleep off the booze for a while. That doesn’t seem like a lot for the more than 7,000 people that come to the Red Cross tent for treatment each year, but I guess it’s better than none. They’ve also got spare pants, too, just in case you need those too.

5) Each year, over 4,000 items end up in the Oktoberfest lost and found. The weirdest from 2013 was a set of dentures.

6) Beer prices differ in the various tents at Oktoberfest, but a traditional stein, which is slightly less than 34 ounces, will cost you about $13.

7) At Oktoberfest, there’s a lot of standing, as there are fewer seats than there are visitors. The largest Oktoberfest beer tent of all time was the Pschorr-Brau-Rosl-tent in 1913, which held 12,000 people. Today, the Hofbrau-Festhalle is the largest tent, with 10,000 seats. But you better get there early.

8) There is a variety of traditional, hearty fare to be had at Oktoberfest. Offerings include Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Haxn (pork knuckle), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Wurstl (sausages), Brezn (pretzel), Knodeln (potato or bread dumplings), Kaasspotzn (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkraut (pickled red cabbage), Obatzda (a fatty, spiced cheese-butter concoction), and Weisswurst (white sausage). So dig in!

Estate agent saves the day for retired couple

Posted on 21st July 2014 in Uncategorized

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Retired couple Bobby and Susan Short’s move to their dream bungalow turned into a nightmare when an eleventh hour administrative error left them with nowhere to go.
With their entire furniture and belongings in the back of a removal van Bobby and Susan, both 65, were distraught when they vacated their property in St Judes, Plymouth only to be told they couldn’t move into their new home.

But estate agent boss Darren Lawson of Mansbridge Balment saved the day with the help of some professional colleagues in Plymouth – organising a three night stay in the city’s Duke of Cornwall hotel for the delighted couple.

He rang the hotel director Jonathon Morcom to see if they could come to the aid of Bobby and Susan and even though the only room they had left was a four poster suite, they were prepared to offer it at a very generous discount.

Darren then rang local solicitors Thompson and Jackson who were involved in the couple’s sale. He asked them if they would like to share the cost of the room with him – and company partner, Neil Keatt was more than happy to oblige.
“When Darren rang me to say we were staying in the Duke of Cornwall, I couldn’t believe it. I thought it would be little hotel or a B&B,” said Bobby, a retired railway maintenance technician.

“We were in our old house in just the clothes we stood up in when we got the call to say we couldn’t move into our new home. We literally had nowhere to go. Darren was an absolute gem though, the removal guys told us he was constantly on the phone trying to sort out the problem and kept in touch with us the whole time too.”

Bobby and Susan were among purchasers moving into the first three bungalows to be sold at the brand new Lamellion Court Later Living development for the over 55s in Liskeard, Cornwall on Friday July 11th.

“The first two sales went through fine, but there was an administrative problem further down the chain in Bobby and Susan’s sale and, as the hours ticked by, it became apparent that the sale wasn’t going to go through before the weekend,” said Darren.

“Both the Duke of Cornwall Hotel and Thompson and Jackson were fantastic. It was a real team effort from three great local businesses and meant that what was a very distressing and upsetting situation for the Shorts ended happily with a successful move to their dream home.”

The couple arrived at the hotel to find a bottle of wine in their room and they were also treated to dinner in the restaurant. The sale finally went through the following Monday enabling them to finally complete their move.

“We are so happy to be in our home finally and I cannot thank Darren enough. He went way above and beyond and all the team at Mansbridge Balment were great, nothing was too much trouble,” added Bobby.

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Plymouth Property House Prices

Posted on 5th April 2014 in Plymouth Property, Uncategorized

THE average price of a house in Plymouth is now back up to the value it was before the market crashed.

Soaring property prices have left Plymouth homes worth nearly as much as during the 2007 high, which marked the end of the last boom, a new survey shows.

Prices are eight per cent up year-on-year to April, according to Nationwide, meaning the average home in Plymouth is now £177,198. The national average is £178,124.

Confidence in the economy and government initiatives such as the Help to Buy scheme have all helped kick start the market, according to property experts. But one estate agent says that Plymouth has been slow to catch up with other cities. Roger Punch, the South West spokesman for land and property experts RICS, said: “It started to take effect elsewhere way back last year and caused the market to warm up and really get going. But it’s only just starting to reach us.”

By Lisa Clark from the Evening Herald