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Sutton Harbour footbridge to reopen

The Sutton Harbour pedestrian
footbridge will reopen to the public at 6am tomorrow (Good Friday, April 19th)
in time for Easter.

The footbridge, which crosses Sutton
Lock and connects the historic Barbican quarter to the east side of Sutton
Harbour via the National Aquarium and the fishing quarter, is now fully
operational following the successful fitting of the new one-tonne bearing.

Following the installation, full
testing has been carried out by expert teams during the last week to ensure
that the hydraulics and electrics are working effectively and safely, with the
lock remaining open to marine traffic for the majority of this time.

The repairs have been jointly funded
by Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Group. All
three organisations contributed a total of £250,000. Plymouth Waterfront
Partnership also contributed £10,000.

Plymouth City Council commissioned the
repairs, which involved a complex engineering project with a bespoke bearing
manufactured in America (after local engineering companies turned down the
commission), transported to and successfully installed by local companies.

The bearing acts as a turntable for
the footbridge, with the inner ring attached to the underside of the bridge,
while the outer ring is attached to a foundation plinth.

The custom-built pedestrian footbridge
was fitted more than 20 years ago as part of the installation of the Sutton
Harbour lock gates. The lock gate’s main function is to manage flood risk and
allow marine traffic, such as fishing boats, to enter Sutton Harbour.

The pedestrian footbridge will be open
to the public between 6am and 11pm, seven days a week, with the exception of
Christmas Day when it will be closed.

Operating times are dependent on
waiting marine traffic, which takes priority.

Philip Beinhaker, Executive Chairman
of Sutton Harbour Group plc, said:
“We are delighted
to see the Sutton Harbour footbridge reopen ahead of the Easter weekend to
enable people to cross the harbour more easily to visit attractions such as the
National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant from the Barbican quarter.

“This will enhance circulation around
the entire Sutton Harbour for the Mayflower 400 events in 2020, and activity on
the east side will be further stimulated with the approved development by SHG
of additional residential units and new retail space at Harbour Arch Quay and
Sugar Quay.

“The repair process has been an
extremely complex and lengthy operation, for which we are very grateful to
Plymouth City Council, for their efforts in effectively leading repairs, and
the Environment Agency for their support.”

Prestigious law firm moves to new premises at Sutton Harbour

A long-standing business based in Sutton Harbour has moved into a prime new location on Plymouth’s spectacular waterfront.

Thomas Miller Law (TM Law), formerly Davies Johnson, has been a tenant of Sutton Harbour Holdings plc for more than 20 years, with its Plymouth offices based in Sutton Harbour. The company has recently relocated into purpose-built new office facilities at North Quay House, in the heart of Britain’s Ocean City, enjoying stunning views over Sutton Harbour Marina and out into the iconic Plymouth Sound

The law firm’s new location measures 4,028 square feet, which is more than double the size of its former office at Old Harbour Office on Guy’s Quay,

Charles Patterson, (left) Legal Director at Thomas Miller Law outside their new offices at North Quay House, Sutton Harbour with Mark Slade of Bruton Knowles, Plymouth.

Charles Patterson, (left) Legal Director at Thomas Miller Law outside their new offices at North Quay House, Sutton Harbour with Mark Slade of Bruton Knowles, Plymouth.

Charles Patterson, Legal Director at TM Law, said: “Sutton Harbour is one of the most sought after business areas in Plymouth and it’s such a pleasant place to be, so we didn’t want to move out of the area.

“North Quay House is in very spectacular surroundings, with cafes and restaurants nearby. Everyone is so impressed with the new office, and our higher location means we have a better view out across the water – it’s such a fantastic setting.

“We are now settled in. Everyone in the office enjoys the new open plan layout; we all had individual offices before and, although it’s certainly different, it’s working well. The purpose of a larger office is to realise the strong desire to grow our business further.”

TM Law is an international firm of shipping, transport and commercial solicitors which provides legal services to its clients from its five offices in the UK, Australia and Geneva.

TM Law is proud of its Plymouth presence and works on behalf of ship owners, charterers, ferry and cruise operators, marine trades and ports and terminals in the South West and across the world.

Mark Slade of Bruton Knowles, the letting agents for Sutton Harbour Holdings plc, said: “We are delighted that TM Law decided to stay in Sutton Harbour and take advantage of one of the larger office spaces available in one of the fantastic, purpose-built commercial buildings on the waterfront.

“North Quay House is in an ideal setting, in close proximity to cafes, shops and restaurants, as well as to the city centre, and with spectacular views across the marina that really can’t be beaten.”

North Quay House is part of Plymouth’s waterfront business district, which also includes East Quay House and Pinnacle Quay, and is owned by Sutton Harbour Holdings plc and managed by Bruton Knowles on SHH plc’s behalf.

North Quay House is also home to major South West businesses such as PFK Francis Clark and Beers Solicitors.

To find out more about commercial letting opportunities in Sutton Harbour, contact Bruton Knowles directly on 01752 936101.

Charles Patterson, (left) Legal Director at Thomas Miller Law in their new offices in North Quay House, Sutton Harbour with Mark Slade of Bruton Knowles, Plymouth.

Charles Patterson, (left) Legal Director at Thomas Miller Law in their new offices in North Quay House, Sutton Harbour with Mark Slade of Bruton Knowles, Plymouth.

Temporary Walkway across Sutton Harbour

Fences are up, metal plates have been installed and signs are now in place for the temporary walkway across Sutton Harbour Lock while the pedestrian footbridge is closed for repairs.

Council staff have been working with Sutton Harbour Holdings plc on a temporary solution to help people get from A to B across a stretch of water that’s used by yachts and fishing boats coming in and out of the harbour.


Web design company celebrates ongoing success after relocating to new offices

PL1 Web DesignGrowing business PL1 Web Design has gone from strength to strength after relocating to larger premises based within the commercial City Quarter of Plymouth’s historic Sutton Harbour.

The independent web design and digital marketing company moved to an office in Bretonside bordering Sutton Harbour, based in a property managed by Sutton Harbour Holdings plc, in late 2017 in order to facilitate the ongoing expansion of the company as it had outgrown its old premises. After a lengthy refurbishment, they opened doors early 2018.


Sutton Harbour Footbridge

Work to repair the Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge is progressing and it is anticipated the bridge could be ready to reopen during the autumn.

An agreement was reached in December 2017 between Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Holdings plc to repair the custom-built footbridge, which crosses Sutton Lock, and these repairs are being commissioned by Plymouth City Council. (more…)

Harbour Directions Public Notice

Harbour Directions – Consultation

Sutton Harbour Company, as a Statutory Harbour Authority, was designated with powers of Harbour Direction on 6 April 2015. Following this designation Sutton Harbour Company proposes to introduce new Harbour Directions, because current byelaws, whilst relevant, are inadequate for the traffic using the Harbour.


Agreement brokered by Council leader and local MP for repairs to Sutton Harbour Footbridge

Sutton Harbour Street Bridge

An agreement has been brokered between Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Holdings plc for repairs to enable the Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge to re-open.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Bowyer and MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Luke Pollard brokered the agreement between Sutton Harbour Holdings plc and the Environment Agency to repair the custom-built footbridge, which connects the Barbican Quarter with the Fishing Quarter of Sutton Harbour where the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant are based. (more…)

Sutton Harbour Footbridge

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc is calling for the Environment Agency to meet its contractual obligations in supporting necessary repairs to the Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge, in a bid to bring the bridge back into use more quickly for the benefit of local businesses.

The custom-built footbridge installed 23 years ago crosses Sutton Lock in Plymouth and is an integral part of the lock system, which is designed to prevent any flooding in the Sutton Harbour, Barbican, Coxside and Bretonside areas of the city.


Repairs to be planned for Sutton Harbour footbridge

Sutton Harbour footbridge

Engineers appointed by the Environment Agency have determined the cause of the failure of the Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge – enabling the next step of planning a timetable for repairs to get underway.


Preliminary results for the year ended 31st March 2017


Sutton Harbour Holdings plc (“Sutton Harbour”, “the Company”), the AIM listed waterfront regeneration and destination specialist, announces preliminary results for the year ended 31 March 2017.


  • Heads of terms signed with major contractor/developer for the Sugar House (East Quays) site
  • DfT Report on Plymouth Airport supportive of Company position that former airport site cannot deliver viable commercial air services
  • Submission of representations to the public consultation of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan in respect of the former airport site and Sutton Harbour area
  • Record year for Plymouth Fisheries Hub: £19.7m fish throughput value


  • Solid performance across trading activities
  • Adjusted profit before tax* £0.331m (2016: £0.410m)
  • Net financing costs down 9.5% to £0.96m (2016: £1.06m)
  • Net Assets £40.1m (2016: £40.9m)
  • Year-end net debt £22.5m (2016: £22.2m)

Full results can be viewed here