Local Building Industry Supports Mayflower400

Embankment Road was the centre of attention on Thursday 25 January as over 100 of Plymouth’s biggest names in construction gathered to discuss its future as part of The Road to Mayflower’s ‘Adopt a Street’ project for Mayflower400.

Led by Building Plymouth, a council-led partnership that connects local people with career opportunities in construction, delegates discussed potential plans to help raise the road’s profile and to give visitors arriving in Plymouth by rail and road via the Embankment a world-class impression of the city.
In addition, the Adopt a Street project will also look to increase community engagement with local people to create a new user-friendly space.

With an area running from Marsh Mills roundabout through to Gdynia Way and up to Cattedown Roundabout to consider, delegates were treated to numerous ideas on how local businesses and organisations are planning to help improve the aesthetics of the road with everything from art installations to lighting and landscaping to digital activities.

Featuring a working group of local businesses Building Plymouth, AECOM, Hoare Lea, Stride Treglown, Kensington Taylor, YGS Landscapes, Elixel, Kier and SWH Group, other Plymouth based companies would be welcomed to get involved with the project to offering their time and/or sponsorship.
Emma Hewitt, Building Plymouth Skills Co-ordinator, said: “Our working group has set out an ambitious project idea for Plymouth and believes that through working together and utilising our local construction and built environment professionals we can enhance the visitor entry experience to our beautiful city, leaving a lasting legacy for commemorating Mayflower400.

“We are keen to engage with the local community to ensure that people who live, work, study and play around the Embankment area can get involved in our transformational project. Delivering this project will also help showcase the breadth of skills and expertise available in this exciting industry and hopefully enthuse more local people to think about construction as a career of choice too.”

Louise Creber, Business Development Manager at AECOM, said: “AECOM is proud to be a lead sponsor for this legacy project. We very much look forward to collaborating with our colleagues across the Built Environment to make a difference for Mayflower400 and beyond.”

Steve Warren-Brown, Managing Director of YGS Landscapes, said: “I was inspired when I met the team and knew we had to get on board. It’s a privilege to be part of a team of proud Plymothians who are working to make a difference to our beautiful city and create a legacy for all. It’s clear that the physical landscape along this stretch, whilst beautiful in places, could be so much better. There is a real opportunity to enhance the visitors’ arrival experience through creative, inspiring landscaping and planting.”

Ajay Sharma, Director at Kensington Taylor said: “It’s amazing to see such a fantastic turnout to our official launch of the ‘Road to Mayflower’. I remember that day when I shared the vision and idea with Emma from Building Plymouth and now it is officially a major initiative for the people of Plymouth heading towards Mayflower400 and more importantly beyond 2020. Great to be part of the team making a difference.”

Charles Hackett, Chief Executive Officer Mayflower 400 said: “This is an exciting project, and a great example of people and organisations getting together to use Mayflower 400 as an opportunity to support, improve and be proud of Plymouth. I look forward to seeing more organisations supporting this project and getting on board.”

Darin Halifax, Senior Policy Advisor at Plymouth City Council said: “It was a great event. Really well supported with amazing levels of energy, ambition and commitment in the room. I look forward to seeing how the different ideas develop leading up to 2020”.

Karl Friedrich, Partner at Hoare Lea said: “A great turn out for a wet January evening with a real buzz and lots of ideas and comments generated from the floor following our presentations. There is lots of work to do but there seems a great willingness to help connect the construction, artistic and digital environment for the ‘Road to Mayflower’ and for Plymouth in general . It’s all very exciting”.

David Bayliss, Regional Director at Stride Treglown said: “Stride Treglown are proud to #get on board for Mayflower 400 and help provide a lasting legacy for the city. This should be the catalyst to raise the bar and put Plymouth on the map as a cultural and leisure destination. By providing an art based intervention along the Embankment and Gdynia Way to create an amazing welcome experience along this major spine route into the city it is hoped it will contribute to having that wow factor for plymothians and visitors for 2020 and beyond”.

To find out more about the ‘Adopt a Street’ project and how to get involved, visit http://www.buildingplymouth.co.uk/about/community-engagement.