The Village by the Sea, Mount Wise, Plymouth, Devon
PUBLISHED: 11:52 05 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:51 20 February 2013
Less than a mile from Plymouth city centre, and with everything planned from a cricket pitch to a hotel, the 28-acre Mount Wise site will provide 469 new homes
Mount Wise is steeped in history having previously been the original 19th-century home of the Plymouth Garrison. Admiralty House even boasted Winston Churchill as a guest during the Second World War.
The Plymouth office of King Sturge has been selected as the exclusive estate agent to market the new 120m Mount Wise development. The scheme, which launched in mid-September, has a striking waterfront location with views across to Mount Edgcumbe and the sea. When complete it will consist of 469 homes, a 21-bed hotel, 32,000 sq ft of offices, a 4,500 sq ft convenience store, a cricket pavilion and a 50,000 sq ft data storage centre creating a village by the sea.
Andrew Bullivant, partner of King Sturge, commented: Mount Wise will provide Plymouth with something never before available. This calibre of scheme is a rarity and will have far-reaching benefits for the city in every aspect living, working and lifestyle. Although the UK as a whole is experiencing some concerns about the housing market, Plymouth has remained consistent and interest in Mount Wise is buoyant. With a wide range of homes available we are certainly expecting this new village to be a real success. We are proud to be linked with the scheme and look forward to working with the team.
Angus Macdonald, Development Advisor, added: We are not trying to build a city centre development; we will be creating a waterside village. The launch in September was a real celebration of both the history of Mount Wise and its future.
This new village will have so much to offer, from one-bedroom apartments through to four-bedroom homes making it ideal for almost any kind of homebuyer. There is no doubt that the location is breathtaking and we have already seen literally hundreds of people register their interest. It is the history of Mount Wise, as well as its waterside location, which makes it so special, and we have tried to emphasise this by giving many of the buildings a Georgian-inspired feel and by maintaining the striking Admiralty House as the figurehead of the scheme.
Phil Burgess, Group Director of The Architects Design Group, said: Mount Wise is a very special place with a unique collection of Georgian buildings set in a remarkable landscape in the heart of an urban area. Our challenge has been to integrate new buildings into this setting in a manner that will enhance and not detract from the beauty of the place.
Working from the base of an excellent masterplan, we have developed an architectural approach that combines the latest environmental standards with new buildings that match their neighbours, by reflecting the essential Georgian elements of proportion, simplicity and close attention to detail.
The project has required extensive architectural research and close dialogue with a highly enlightened and passionate client. We have also engaged in philosophical debate with the Planning team at Plymouth City Council to create a design language which ensures this special place remains just that for future generations.
Bob Rendell, Group Chief Executive of the Leadbitter Group, said, We have just commenced work on Phase One of a multi-phase project. Future plans include offices, the conversion of Admiralty House into a boutique hotel, the nuclear bunker into a data storage centre, and the reinstatement of the old naval cricket pitch (located at the heart of the development) to its former glory.
The first build phase will consist of a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom Georgian-style homes. Prices will range from 120k-400k, with apartments aside Admiralty House itself priced up to 500k. Each property will be finished to the highest quality.
For further information see www.mountwise.co.uk