New Boardwalk unveiled for Sutton Harbour

A £4 million plan to transform part of Sutton Harbour with a new boardwalk comprising waterside family restaurants and shops has been unveiled today.

The plans, which have been put forward by Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc, mark the first stage of a £75 million masterplan to promote Sutton Harbour as a national destination which was first revealed in November.

The masterplan outlines new restaurants, cafés, shops, offices and apartments on underused sites around the harbour, creating a waterside destination to rival the likes of Albert Dock in Liverpool and St Katharine Docks in the City of London.

The Boardwalk project would create a direct waterside pedestrian route between Guys Quay and Vauxhall Quay for the first time, and act as a catalyst to revitalise and continue the regeneration of the north and eastern areas of Sutton Harbour.


Positioned on the boardwalk would be three new timber-clad buildings comprising a mixture of retail and restaurant units. There would be a single storey building providing two small kiosk units, and two two-storey buildings with four units overlooking the harbour, incorporating a third kiosk unit.

The two-storey buildings would include full width glazing from floor to ceiling with upper floor terraces, offering views directly over the Harbour. Once complete, it is estimated that the development would support 120 jobs.
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Jason Schofield, chief executive of Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc, said: “We want to transform Sutton Harbour into a national destination that celebrates Plymouth’s fantastic world-class waterfront and attracts more visitors, businesses and jobs, and The Boardwalk would do all these things.

“It would provide a direct pedestrian link from the southern area of the Harbour to the north without having to leave the water’s edge, helping to create an unbroken trail around the harbour. And it would offer high quality restaurant and retail uses that we want to appeal to families in particular so that we can boost visitor numbers.” 

Chris Arscott, chairman of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, said: "We  welcome investment in the waterfront area that enables easier access between key  destinations.

"We have yet to review the current waterfront application, but in principle  we are keen to see enhanced pedestrian links between the historic Barbican and  Sutton Harbour and access to the Bretonside area.

"It is exciting to see investment in areas of the waterfront which is  essential to create new  jobs  and grow this city's visitor economy."

Mr Schofield said a detailed planning application had just been submitted to Plymouth City Council and that there was already “firm interest” in the scheme from potential occupiers should planning be approved.

The site is bounded by Vauxhall Quay to the north, Little Vauxhall Quay to the east and Sutton Jetty to the west, and opens onto the marina to the south. It would link the quays with the timber decked boardwalk and a new public space without pedestrians being forced away from the waterfront onto Vauxhall Street if wanting to go to the north harbour.

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The scheme would be constructed on a grid of piled columns and would be free-standing from the existing quay walls. The boardwalk and public space would be decked in timber and the new buildings would be timber clad in a warehouse style.

Following the launch of the vision for Sutton Harbour to become a major visitor destination through its masterplan released in November, the Boardwalk is the first step towards delivering approximately 350,000 sq ft of mixed-use projects around the Harbour with an indicative development value of around £75 million spanning 12 potential sites.

The Stock Market listed company owns the Harbour and aims to be the leading marine, waterfront regeneration and destination specialist in Southern England.

The plans are backed by the Company’s new marketing and branding campaign urging visitors to ‘Experience Sutton Harbour’ as one of the UK’s most attractive waterfront locations. An interim website has been launched at

Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc is also developing the 171-berth King Point Marina at the former Millbay Docks in Plymouth, which is being transformed into a new waterfront quarter lead by developer English Cities Fund, and the Homes and Communities Agency. Work on the marina and its shoreside facilities is expected to start in earnest in February.



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