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The Strand (Debenhams)

Find out more about the work we are doing to regenerate the Debenhams building in Torquay.

Artists impression of what the area could look like Artists impression of what the area could look like

Updated Thursday 14 December 2023

The Strand and harbourside in Torquay are one of the key locations in the town centre, and it is important that this area is an attractive location.

We bought the former Debenhams building in May 2020 as part of our plans to regenerate Torquay’s town centre and help boost the local economy.

Following public consultation in early 2022 we received full planning permission in January 2023 for a high-end residential and retail complex set around a landscaped public realm courtyard.

Following a successful first stage tender process, we have entered into a PCSA (Pre-Construction Services Agreement) with the preferred bidder, Wring Group.

Our project team is working through the PCSA process with Wring Group to finalise costs and a programme for the demolition work.

Where possible the demolition work will coincide with the Strand public realm scheme to minimise disruption to the community.

Further information on the project including next steps for the site following the demolition will be available soon.

We are expecting demolition work to start in the Spring of 2024.


£2 milllion of Towns Funding has been allocated to this project.

We are also investing almost £10 million of funding from our Growth Fund.

Project benefits

The long term-vision for the site is to create a space that:

  • Is the vibrant place to go.
  • Is high-quality and modern.
  • Offers employment opportunities across a range of sectors.
  • Provides new town centre living opportunities.

This project will also complement and enhance wider public realm works.

Project timeline

  • Public consultation on the proposals took place in April 2022.
  • Planning permission granted in January 2023.
  • December 2023, finalising contract with preferred demolition contractor
  • Spring 2024, demolition works to start

Organisations working on the project

  • Torbay Council
  • TDA
  • Kay Elliot Architects

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