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"Well done Annabel and Chris, very interesting presentation this afternoon. Thanks a lot for your input."

John GreenLow Carbon City OfficerPlymouth City Council

Millbay Boulevard


We are part of a multi-disciplinary team working with lead architect LDA on proposals to reinvigorate Millbay in Plymouth. The proposal is for a £2.9million boulevard that will link Plymouth city centre to the waterfront and be lined with shops, restaurants, homes and hotels

The project which is part funded by The European Regional Development Fund, Interreg 2 Seas and the Water Resilient Cities Programme will fit into a wider redevelopment of the Millbay docks area. Our flood risk and drainage engineers are designing a SuDS based scheme including rain gardens, planted with coastal grasses and flowering plants arranged beneath an avenue of trees, which will be irrigated by rain and flood water. The scheme is being developed by the boulevard project team in partnership with the Environment Agency and South West Water, as part of the Water Resilient Cities Interreg Programme.

Plymouth City Council is working with EU partners to pilot Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in the public realm through the Water Resilient Cities project, with funding from the European Regional Development Fund via the Interreg 2Seas Programme. The investment in a series of urban regeneration schemes in the City Centre will attract more people, provide new jobs for local people and provide more homes (including affordable and social housing). As part of this regeneration a Municipal Action Plan for the retrofit of SuDS is required to ensure that necessary space within the city landscape is set aside for the management of increased surface water runoff from climate change and to create additional headroom in the drainage network to enable development and future growth to take place.

AWP are proud to be part of the project team responsible for delivering the Millbay Boulevard regeneration scheme. We are providing infrastructure design for the public realm scheme, which includes retrofitting of Sustainable Drainage Systems. The project will demonstrate reduced flooding whilst also protecting or improving amenities, biodiversity, and health and wellbeing in the city centre.

In February 2020, as part of Plymouth City Council’s Water Resilient Cities Project team, we helped to launch the Municipal Action Plan for Sustainable Drainage Systems in Plymouth City Centre at a dissemination event, ‘Installing Sustainable Drainage and Heat Networks in the Urban Environment’, where over 70 delegates from across the region were in attendance.

Images reproduced courtesy of LDA Design and Plymouth City Council