Kier and Plymouth City Council celebrated topping out at Phase two of the Oceansgate development, by hosting the UK’s first virtual topping out ceremony, with the recording now available for all to see. The Leader of Plymouth City Council and Oceansgate tenants watched on from their homes as members of the Kier team, including drying lining apprentice Amy from NBC, placed a ceremonial tree at the highest point to celebrate this milestone. When complete, the new marine Enterprise Zone will provide office space and industrial units for businesses.
Construction started last October on the £7.9m, three-storey office building and 15 light industrial units and is set to be complete later this year. Natural building materials are being used for the project to be in keeping with its the historic surroundings. Kier is working with its local supply chain to deliver this project, with 80% living within a 20 mile radius.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, all works are being carried out in line with Public Health England’s advice and adhering to the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures.
The 18 acre Oceansgate site on the southern edge of Devonport Naval Base, is part of Plymouth City Council’s plans to make it a leading centre for the marine industry and when phase two is complete, it is expected to create 140 jobs.
Over the duration of this project , Kier has regularly engaged with the local community in Plymouth – earlier in the year, students at City College Plymouth studying construction at HNC or Foundation Degree level were invited to Oceansgate to take part in a series of site-based training sessions, covering site management, quantity surveying and digital/BIM (Building Information Modelling).
Doug Lloyd, operations director at Kier Regional Building Western & Wales, states: “We are delighted to celebrate topping out at phase two of Plymouth’s Marine Enterprise Zone by holding a virtual ceremony for all to see.
“We remain committed to delivering for communities, by carrying out works safely and in full compliance, and when complete, phase two of Oceansgate will provide a thriving hub for businesses in Plymouth. Working collaboratively with Plymouth City Council and Building Plymouth, we look forward to completing construction over the coming months.”
Council leader Tudor Evans OBE said: “Oceansgate is an incredibly important development for us, transforming what was disused Ministry of Defence land into a thriving hub of businesses and helping to safeguard and create new high skilled jobs in the marine, defence and technology sectors in Plymouth.
“It’s fantastic to see Phase Two coming together and we were delighted to host the first virtual topping out ceremony in the UK, so that everyone who has been involved in the project could celebrate this milestone safely.”
Kingsley Clarke, operations manager for the Southern Construction Framework, adds: “SCF are proud to see another of our projects with Plymouth City Council being successfully delivered by our Contractor partner Kier. It is testament to the collaborative relationship between the Council and Kier that construction has continued, and such a ceremony was possible despite the current national events.
We look forward to continuing to support Plymouth City Council in selecting contractor partners to work in collaboration with to achieve their vision for the residents, workers and visitors of Plymouth”
Procured through the Southern Construction Framework, this project is being part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Plymouth City Council.