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Revised plans for tower approved

Oceanique plan
The 357ft (109m) tower will dominate the city's skyline

Revised plans for one of the tallest buildings in the South West have been approved by Plymouth City Council.

The 31-storey tower will be part of an £89m development by Devington Homes in the city centre.

Originally approved last year, the plans have been significantly revised in light of current market conditions.

"This is a landmark scheme for Plymouth and sends a clear message that the city is open for business," Devington Homes managing director Lawrence Butler said.

"By working closely with the local authority and our architects we have come up with a revised scheme that is deliverable in the current market and we are delighted it has been approved."

Curved structure

The main changes include replacing office space with 142 student apartments and reducing the number of residential apartments in the scheme from 172 to 109.

A second hotel and also been included in the revised plans.

The centrepiece of the development will be the 357ft (109m) curved tower near the Hoe that is set to transform Plymouth's skyline.

Demolition and foundation work should start in the autumn and the scheme is expected to take about three years to complete.

Bob McDonald from Architects Design Group, who has led the project design team, said: "It is to Devington Homes' credit that they have stood by the ambition of their original scheme, and to the city council's credit in recognising the need to be proactive in the current market in order to deliver Plymouth's enormous growth agenda."

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