Construction Industry Celebrates Launch of Road to Mayflower Project

Leading members of Plymouth’s construction industry gathered to launch their ‘Adopt a Street’ project – the Road to Mayflower – as part of their community engagement efforts towards commemorations for Mayflower400.

The project as a whole will strive to create a world-class visitor impression to those arriving in the city via Embankment Road, running from Marsh Mills roundabout to Cattedown roundabout.

Over 100 VIPs from the city came together to celebrate the launch at the Plymouth Snowsports Centre, which included the lighting of the ski slope for the very first time in colour as a taste of what’s to come.

Working in conjunction with Illuminate and the first of a number of Road to Mayflower lighting projects, the aim of lighting the ski slope is to capture the public’s attention on the approach to Plymouth and to create a landmark legacy feature on arrival into Britain’s Ocean City.

The event also offered attendees the chance to learn more about the project including plans to create an urban silver birch forest at Marsh Mills roundabout and installing vibrant colourful public art along the main gateway to the city centre.

Emma Hewitt, Skills Co-Ordinator at Building Plymouth, leading in partnership the Road to Mayflower project, spoke about the event: “It was fantastic to see so many people join us to celebrate the launch of our Road to Mayflower project. We’ve had such an incredible level of interest from local businesses and organisations and we’re looking forward to seeing the project take shape with private sector investment and grant funding, as well as time in kind dedicated to deliver. Our project is about the Plymouth construction industry coming together in a co-ordinated way to do community engagement for the city we proudly work in to support the Mayflower commemorative year of 2020. We want Plymouth to look as welcoming and vibrant as possible for our visitors and also to give civic pride to our residents, engage our young people in the design and to leave a lasting legacy.”

Karl Friedrich, Partner at Hoare Lea who is leading the lighting aspect of the project, said: “The illumination of the Plymouth Snowsports Centre ski slope gives the opportunity to transform a currently ‘blank canvas’ and offer an exciting introduction to the Road to Mayflower project and Mayflower400 itself. It will also support the regeneration of Plymouth and the continued professional development opportunity for the Ski Centre.”

Charles Hackett, CEO Mayflower400 said: “The Road to Mayflower is an exciting project. Exciting in the ideas and plans for this main route into Plymouth, but also exciting in that the construction sector of the business community have come together to make a difference for their city, as part of the Mayflower 400 commemoration year.”

To find out more about the Road to Mayflower project, including how to get involved in the project, visit our Road to Mayflower page for more information.