Posted on August 16, 2019
Drake’s Island in Devon, which also boasts a 16th Century barracks and a pier, was put up for sale in October.
It has been bought for an undisclosed sum by Plymouth businessman Morgan Phillips, whose Guardian Industrial UK company is involved in numerous building projects in the South West.
He said he wanted to “restore it for the people of Plymouth and visitors”.
The six-acre island, which is 600m off the coast of Plymouth and is named after sailor Sir Francis Drake, has planning permission for a luxury hotel and spa.
Mr Phillips, a former navy weapons engineer, said he wanted to preserve the original features and structures on the island and enhance them in line with the planning permission. He said he planned to create a living museum and heritage centre, while a water sports centre was also under consideration.
Mr Phillips said he wanted to start the project as soon as possible. “I’m under no illusions that the people of Plymouth regard Drake’s Island as the jewel in the city’s crown and they want to enjoy it as soon as they possibly can – indeed, we want the island to be open to the public as often as possible,” he said. Mr Phillips said he would be working with disabled charities to improve access to the site, which is roughly the size of four football pitches.