New Tropicana dream open for your views

PUBLISHED: 09:55 20 December 2010




A SEVEN-STOREY-HIGH leisure complex fitted with an 80-bed hotel and 60 apartments is the viable option for a Tropicana rebuild, claims a Wiltshire-based developer.

Havard Tisdale unveiled its multi-million pound plans for a revamp of the derelict seafront site at a public exhibition on Tuesday.

The developer wants to combine a hotel and residential flats in a high-brow building with a large car park underneath a raised ground level and leisure area.

There would also be four restaurant and café units and a terrace area for open-air events.

Unlike rival developer Richard Nightingale, the firm has not placed prominence on a large swimming pool and is also considering changing the former attraction’s name.

But director Peter Tisdale said people attending the one-day exhibition had shown understanding toward the scheme, including the idea of apartments.

He said: “The feedback has been positive, a lot of people have been surprised by the quality of the designs.

“We are particularly pleased at the level of understanding toward the hotel and apartments, people seem to accept something needs to pay for the building and swimming pool.

“We really believe we have put a scheme together which will work not only for the Tropicana site, but for the town.”

Architects, consultants and directors gathered at the exhibition to get people’s views on what they would like to accompany a swimming pool.

The type or size of pool has yet to be decided and neither has the water-based facilities which will go alongside it within the large leisure area.

But support has come in for both a swimming lane pool and family pool, plus a water fountain, surfing wave machine and children’s area. The site must contain a pool of at least 450sqm under council tendering requirements.

Fellow director John Havard said: “We have a design put together which we like. Now we are looking closer at what will go inside, especially within the leisure area.

“This is why we are holding events such as this to gauge opinion before we make our formal bid to the council next month.”

The company says it is still unclear about the cost of the project, which would be funded by bank cash and equity.

It is supported in the project by Torquay-based architects Kay Elliot and construction firm Robert McAlpine.

Both Havard Tisdale and Richard Nightingale are set to submit formal bids as part of the tendering process for the site by North Somerset Council by January 7.

A decision will be made on who will win the process next summer.

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