The initial phase of works to transform Lymington Road Coach Station in Torquay have been completed.

Demolition works which started in July 2022, saw the removal of the old building and ground works get underway. The site is now ready for building work to begin in the first quarter of 2023.

Funded from the council’s Growth Fund, alongside funding awarded by the Heart of the South West LEP’s Getting Building Fund, the project will provide space for small businesses, with improvements also being made to the public space.

Hoarding has been installed around the site and this will remain in place until the building works near completion.

Cllr Steve Darling, Leader of Torbay Council, said; “The successful demolition of the old buildings which were beyond their economic life, moves this project of bringing modern facilities for businesses to Torbay one step closer. The ‘natural’ pause in the order of works, will see work recommence in the early part of 2023.”

Cllr Darren Cowell, Deputy Leader of Torbay Council, said; “There are well publicised challenges within the construction sector at the moment, despite that we are managing to move forward with our regeneration plans. Small steps such as demolition and ground works are a vital part of the process as we look to create spaces and places that meet the needs of the community and businesses.”

Karl Tucker, Chair of the Heart of the South West LEP, said; “The initial steps towards the redevelopment of Lymington Road Coach station have moved the project closer to completion, and we are looking forward to the next phase of work starting in early 2023. Transforming the brownfield site into a vibrant hub for businesses will help make a major contribution to business growth, and the creation of further good quality jobs in Torbay.”

Upon completion, this project will provide five new business units, a new international coach bay, shelter providing weather protection for waiting passengers, wayfaring information, a new and improved disabled toilet, and enhanced lighting throughout the car park.

Feedback from the local community helped to shape the final design to ensure the space felt safer for all users at all times of the day.

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What is the LEP?

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership – covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay – is one of the 39 LEPs in England. They are a business-led partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities, and colleges.

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