EMPTY BUILDING TO THRIVING BUSINESS CENTRE
Crownhill’s Plumer House is now a bustling business hub occupied by five respected Plymouth employers, making it one of the city’s largest multi-let office facilities.
It’s a transformation that’s taken place since 2012 when owner Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) bought the vacant 92,000 sq. ft. of accommodation spread over five floors from the Land Registry.
An extensive refurbishment programme to both the exterior and interior began that same year, whilst staff from PCH started moving into Plumer House. All PCH offices had been centralised by 2014, making the now modern business centre head office for Plymouth’s largest housing provider.
More internal renovation work followed in 2015 to revamp spaces throughout the building in preparation for external business tenants. And they were quick to move in.
Le Page Architects, well-known for their restoration work on the Grade 1 listed Royal William Yard, were the first to unpack in 2016. They were followed just weeks later by METS, the mechanical and electrical infrastructure works and services company.
The latest two additions now settling into Plumer House are two of the city’s major employers – property and construction giant, Kier and project management specialists, Aecom.
Gill Martin, the Director responsible for letting Plumer House, explains: “We’re thrilled to welcome Aecom and Kier to Plumer. They join PCH, Le Page Architects and Mets to create a community of like-minded businesses that complement each other and sometimes work together. It’s a fantastic arrangement that benefits all and helps to create a welcoming, professional business centre for everyone based at or visiting Plumer House.”
Brian Rice, Operations Director for Kier, commented: “The move to Plumer House builds on Kier’s strong foundations and well-respected heritage in the City and demonstrates our continued commitment to maintaining a local presence. We are delighted with our newly refurbished contemporary office space, which accommodates our expanding team and offers additional facilities for them to enjoy, including a gym.”
Plumer House is a business centre with a history – it occupies land that was part of an army barracks with a parade ground from 1891. Between 1916 and 1922 four large barrack blocks were built. It was renamed Plumer Barracks after First World War commanding officer Field Marshall Herbert Plumer. When the UK army vacated the barracks in 1966 most of the buildings were demolished and the debris used to create Manadon Roundabout.
The current building was constructed in 1976 and the Land Registry moved in two years later where they remained until 2011. In 2012 the property was sold to Plymouth Community Homes with the intention of relocating all their office divisions into one HQ. Since then the building has undergone a multi-million pound renovation and now provides one of the most unique office facilities across the city.
All tenants have access to allocated parking and bike storage facilities, comfortable break out areas and the use of a fully equipped in-house gym, showers and changing areas.
Offices are open plan with welcoming décor and cutting-edge IT facilities, including audio/visual capabilities in all meeting rooms. There are 16 visitor parking spaces onsite and the use of one electric car charging space.
With 15,000 sq ft now let, phase 2 of the marketing programme has begun to encourage others to join the thriving business centre. A number of suites ranging from 148sqm to 2462sqm are currently available.
Chris Ryland of Stratton Creber Commercial has been marketing the available space. He explains: “It is exceptional office space, very well located for both car and bus accessibility from all parts of the city. There are excellent on-site facilities for business tenants to make use of and the views are stunning. Our experience to date is once an organisation visits Plumer House, it’s a done deal.”
The professional reception team at Plumer House are on standby on the ground floor to welcome guests to the property. The ground floor also provides multiple meeting rooms and a state-of-the-art conference room all of which are available to hire for tenants as well as external businesses.
Plumer House is well located approximately 4 kilometres north of Plymouth City Centre on Tailyour Road in Crownhill, with easy access to two arterial routes through the city, meaning it benefits from good transport links from both public and private sources.
For more information about office space available to let at Plumer House call Chris Ryland on 01752 670700.