This month sees the 10 year anniversary of the opening of our offices in Plymouth's historic Sutton Harbour. To celebrate a decade in Salt Quay House we take a look at some of the exciting ways we've seen the city change since we moved in.
THE ARMORIQUE MAKES HER MAIDEN VOYAGE
Admittedly it happened a few weeks before we opened Salt Quay House, but we couldn't leave out the 2009 maiden voyage of Brittany Ferries' Armorique from Plymouth to Roscoff, a route which it has reliably traversed ever since.
In 2010, Plymouth got a new voice on the airwaves in the form of Radio Plymouth, which was launched by supporter and investor Phillip Schofield. The station is still broadcasting today and has a weekly listenership of 23,000 across the city.
MAKING A SPLASH
It was great to see the city's sporting credentials enhanced when Plymouth-born diver Tom Daley won two gold medals at the 2010 Common Wealth Games and a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics. Fellow Plymouth College student, swimmer and world-record holder Rūta Meilutytė, also took home Olympic gold, aged fifteen on behalf of her native Lithuania.
EVENTS, DEAR PLYMOUTH, EVENTS
The city has seen a huge increase in social events that make the most of its coastal location, such as the annual Plymouth Seafood Festival which started in 2011, the finish of the Rolex Fastnet Race in 2017 (coming back again in 2019), a leg of the America's Cup in 2011 and the popular MTV Crashes which takes place on Plymouth Hoe and has become a key event in the Plymouth calendar.
BRITAIN'S OCEAN CITY
In September 2013 Plymouth was rebranded as "Britain's Ocean City" in a bid to highlight and celebrate its coastal location and culture, rich maritime history and strengths in marine science and technology
ROYAL WILLIAM YARD
The regeneration of Royal William Yard in Stonehouse was a major change for Plymouth. Bringing together contemporary, industrial and historic architecture, the thriving leisure and residential area has won several coveted development awards including the RESI 'Development of the Decade Award' in 2016.
WE LAUNCHED ENABLE LAW
In 2016 we set up standalone practice Enable Law, drawing on years of experience in medical negligence, personal injury and mental capacity law to create a new and distinctive brand whose purpose is to help vulnerable individuals and victims of accidents.
Today, Enable Law continues to be a key part of the Foot Anstey Group and helps people all over the country to get their lives back on track.
ONE RESEARCH WAY OPENS
In 2016 Plymouth Science Park opened One Research Way, the fifth phase of the park's development, which hosts a number of cutting edge businesses. The project was made possible by funding from the Heart of the South West LEP, Plymouth City Council and the University of Plymouth.
BRETONSIDE BUS STATION CLOSURE AND REDEVELOPMENT
In 2017 work started on the removal of the old Bretonside coach station to make way for a significant £53 million redevelopment which will include a 12-screen Cineworld IMAX cinema, several restaurants, a 'sky bar' with city views and a new car park.
A controversial figure, the 23ft statue named Messenger (or Bianca, as nicknamed by some) is currently being erected outside the city centre's Theatre Royal. The bronze figure, designed by Cornish artist Joseph Hillier represents the power of the female form and is slated to become a cultural attraction.
It wouldn't be possible to list all the ways Plymouth has changed in 10 years, but we've certainly enjoyed being part of the city in that time and we're looking forward to the years ahead. As partner Ken Lewins says:
"We moved to Salt Quay House during uncertain times, but it was clearly the right decision as the office has been key in driving the firm forward. Basing ourselves in such a prestigious location in Plymouth has given us opportunity to develop our brand and attract and retain talent, a key part of our strategy. In our ten years at Salt Quay House we've watched Plymouth go from strength to strength and we look forward to seeing it keep that momentum up."