News & Features

Improvements to Torquay’s Princess Gardens begin

On Monday 25 January, works will begin at Princess Gardens and the Sunken gardens in Torquay. The improvements to the gardens will provide better access and an event space within the former banjo area. There will also be an enhanced landscape scheme for the gardens, and around the war memorial, an upgrade to the promenade

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Spanish Technology giants move their UK Headquarters to EPIC

The year has started positively for Torbay’s Hi-Tech cluster with the news that Nanusens, a market-disrupting microelectronics specialist, has opened their UK Headquarters within the EPIC Centre. Nanusens develop MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) sensor structures that are up to ten times smaller than competitive technologies. This enables their sensors, which are used in everyday

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Torquay Town Deal regeneration projects to start

Three projects that received accelerated funding from the Towns Fund for Torquay’s Town Deal will start soon. Enabling and development works will begin at Upton Park, Princess Gardens and Royal Terrace Gardens ahead of the full works starting as the £750,000 first phase of Town Investment Plan gets underway. These projects will help to revitalise

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Paignton awarded £13.36m of Future High Streets Fund

Torbay Council has received £13.36m Future High Streets Funding to kick start the exciting transformation of Paignton town centre.  The community led plans focus on the heart of the town centre, including Station Square and regeneration opportunities at Crossways and Victoria Centre.  The Future High Streets Funding will enable infrastructure improvements, new homes at strategic

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Repurposing of Commercial Property Space

Commercial space, predominantly retail and office, is going through a seismic change not experienced in decades. Office space, as one of the biggest subsectors of commercial property, will no doubt see falling demand and property values as UK office workers remain working from home.  Over the last 20 or 30 years, office buildings have become

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Manufacturing facility in Paignton takes shape

The purpose-built manufacturing facility at Claylands in Paignton is progressing well, with the building’s piling, foundations and steel frame now complete. The steel piling works were completed two weeks ahead of schedule and the erection of the steel frame was swift. Works in the New Year will include the completion of the building envelope, with

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How the funding of economic development and growth is moving

TDA, Torbay Council’s economic development company, is coming up to 10 years old and there is a big issue for us on how the funding of economic development and growth is moving. Nationally, we have seen the Towns Fund investment and Torquay was one of the towns awarded funding in the first cohort announced earlier

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New vocational centre at Brunel Academy opens

A new vocational centre at Brunel Academy has opened, providing young people at the school with the opportunity to learn new skills in catering and hospitality, mechanics and construction. Brunel Academy, part of the Catch22 Multi-Academies Trust, is a 56 place school for secondary pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties. This is the

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Keep Calm and Carry On …Building!

Whilst the world tries to adapt to a “new normal”, schools and education providers have been one of the few services that have had to “carry on” and have continued to provide structured learning for children and young people across the country. The majority of schools in Torbay remained open during lockdown, providing care and

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Tether Technology have big plans for revolutionary technology at EPIC

Tether Technology opens a new main office at EPIC. Tether is an exciting, British technology company revolutionising the video surveillance and physical security space. The company, who have offices in London and Ukraine, are one of several businesses to have located to the centre in recent months. Tether will be moving assembly of their new

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Torquay Town Investment Plan targets £21.9m from Towns Fund

Torquay has been offered a Town Deal and will submit detailed business cases to unlock an incredible £21.9m investment from the Towns Fund to drive economic regeneration in the town. It provides Torquay with a once in a generation opportunity to bring about significant change with a focus on the town centre. The funding will

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