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Plymouth's crumbling Civic Centre could be transformed into luxury flats

An artist's impression of what the building could look like Photo: Urban Splash

Plans have finally been submitted to transform Plymouth's crumbling Civic Centre into a thriving building with featuring more than 100 luxury apartments, a roof garden, a lounge and panoramic views across the city.

Urban Splash, the firm behind the revitalisation of Royal William Yard, bought the 15-storey Civic Centre from Plymouth City Council in January 2016.

Since then its future has been unclear - but this week a planning application was submitted with detailed designs for the site's future.

The Civic Centre used to house Plymouth City Council staff Credit: Urban Splash

Back in 2014 former Plymouth Argyle owner James Brent tried to turn the Civic Centre into a 160-bedroom hotel with restaurants and bars, but talks fell through.

Urban Splash say they want the square around the Grade II listed building to become 'a vibrant cultural location'.

This is how the proposed apartments could look Credit: Urban Splash

The Civic Centre is an iconic, mid-century building in the heart of Plymouth’s city centre. The building is vacant and in need of careful repair and restoration to become habitable once again. Urban Splash are poised to bring the Civic Centre building back to life using the same team behind the award-winning redevelopment of Royal William Yard. Should permission be granted this unused important Grade II building will be reinvented to create a vibrant mixed use destination at the heart of Plymouth.

– Urban Splash spokesman

The Civic Centre was designed and built in response to the devastation of World War Two, which saw much of Plymouth destroyed.

It was opened by the Queen in 1962 and was given listed status in 2007.

To see Urban Splash's full plans, click here.

The inside of the Civic Centre is in a state of disrepair Credit: Urban Splash