Indicative view of the entrance to Derriford Fortside from above Tavistock Road

A new heart for Derriford

Connections and transport

Derriford Fortside will be more than a collection of shops and facilities. It will be a focal point for the community and a dynamic, living environment where sustainability, ecology and local context are designed into the fabric of the development.

Our approach to design

Derriford Fortside will take full advantage of the area’s natural environment. The scheme will be sensitive to and draw inspiration from its setting close to Crownhill Fort and Glacis Wood. It will support local ecology and botany, and incorporate the variable ground levels within the site.

Extensive areas of the site will be dedicated to public open space.
A linear park will be established through the site, incorporating a mix of hard and soft landscaping to establish a rich green environment.
Clear connectivity through the site, with active street frontages and high-quality materials used throughout the scheme.

Crownhill Fort was built between 1862 and 1872 as part of the Royal Commission fortifications, a series of ten fortified structures between the River Tamar and River Plym.

The fort was designed to protect Plymouth and Devonport Royal Dockyard from a potential invasion from the French. Today, it is the only fort of its kind in Plymouth to be actively preserved and open to the public. 

The Derriford Fortside team has been working closely with Historic England (formerly English Heritage) over many months to ensure the design of the scheme complements the setting of the historic fort. Our draft master plan has been designed to make the best use of the site’s green spaces and our close proximity to the fort. 

For example, the introduction of green roofs and a new amphitheatre garden will enhance the outlook from the fort.

We have carried out several surveys to identify and monitor the site for badger, bats and reptile habitats. Our final plans will protect habitats where needed and include opportunities to enhance the ecological environment surrounding the site.

Derriford Fortside will put transport and infrastructure at the forefront to make sure we’ve got the space to grow in the long term.

Derriford Fortside will provide:

New vehicle access and the ‘green wave’ – a new road access would be created between Sendall’s Way and William Prance Road. This will be linked together to provide a ‘green wave’ to minimise queues and delays for background traffic not visiting Derriford Fortside
Sufficient car parking – around 1,500 car parking spaces, the majority of which will be located beneath the development
Strong cycle, pedestrian and bus links – the scheme is designed to connect with the dozens of bus services and clear pedestrian and cycle links on Tavistock Road. We expect that if granted planning permission, bus operators would wish to run routes into Derriford Fortside

In addition, the segregated cycle, bus and pedestrian links will all be carefully upgraded as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme.

Funding towards wider transport improvements in the local area:

Contributions towards major highways upgrades – we will also provide a contribution towards a major planned £12.7 million upgrade of Derriford roundabout and local roads. This funding, through the Derriford Transport Scheme, will provide further capacity for local roads, helping to reduce traffic queues and delays and provide the capacity to support growth in the Derriford area

The Derriford Transport Scheme has been approved by Plymouth City Council and, over the next three years, will deliver:
Major improvements at the Derriford roundabout
Major improvements at the Tavistock Road / William Prance Road junction
Widening of highways to improve capacity