Kier, a major construction and services group for residential and commercial properties, has been awarded a £29.5million contract to design and build what will be the tallest building in Plymouth upon completion.
Beckley Court on Cobourg Street will stand 78m high, dwarfing the Civic Centre, which is currently Plymouth’s tallest building at 14 storeys.
The 22-storey project will amass nearly 165,000 square feet and is being built for Threesixty Developments Ltd.
The finished building will accommodate students with 507 beds and will feature a combination of studios, cluster flats, and two-bedroom flats, with the lower ground and ground floors being used for commercial purposes. There will also be a management suite, common rooms, launderette, and a reception area.
Kier, whose offices are on Martin Street in the city, employs over 2,200 people across the south western UK. Representatives are currently on site demolishing a six-storey structure to clear the area for the new build. Construction is set to begin at the end of November.
Anthony Irving, Kier’ Construction’s managing director for the south west and Wales, said that Beckley Court is a “landmark project.” He referred to it as a significant win for the company’s team in Devon and Cornwall, and forms an important part of Vision 2020, which is the Kier strategy for growth.
Mr Irving said that successful delivery of this key project will require around 200 people working on site at its high point, which means that it’s also an important opportunity for both Plymouth and its economy. The result is valuable employment and training options in the local supply chain.
Bob Crompton, Threesixty Developments chief executive, said that his company is “very happy” to be working with Kier on Beckley Court, as it is a major landmark site for those entering Plymouth.
Mr Crompton said that the city planners were especially eager to have a building of exceptional architectural quality in that particular location, so Threesixty Developments worked closely with them to design something that matched their goals. He added that Threesixty was proud of it and hoped that the residents of Plymouth would be too.