WESTON Town Council has celebrated the transformation of the former Weston Mercury building.

32 Waterloo Street, which acts as a "reminder of our past and a beacon for the future", has been turned into the new head office for the town council.

The Dutch Baroque-style building is infused with history. Its Spanish architectural influences reflects the work of Victorian architect Hans Fowler Price, which makes the building a unique landmark in the town's architectural landscape.

The Grade II-listed building has undergone extensive remedial and structural work following water and wind damage, as well as eroded timbers.

This was carried out by a dedicated team, including John West, Wells Cathedral Stonemasons.

Two new statues now adorn the front of the building to replace two which were badly eroded. A1 Camera Club researched the South West Heritage Archive to discover what the statues would have originally looked like.

Master masons then used this research to create the statues, which are of a Victorian boy and girl.

Cllr John Crockford-Hawley, chairman of the working party, said: "As you stroll along the Boulevard, look up and appreciate the rich tapestry of architecture that defines our town.

"The rejuvenated 32 Waterloo Street stands as a - inspiring us to protect the legacy that makes Weston-super-Mare truly special. We look forward to the removal of scaffolding and full appreciation of this wonderful edifice."

Posting on social media, a spokesperson from Weston Town Council added: "The transformation of the iconic building at 32 Waterloo Street, the former home of the Mercury office, into the new head office for Weston Town Council, marks a significant moment in our town's history.

"This building, a beacon on the Boulevard, which stands as a testament to our heritage and the ongoing commitment of Weston Town Council to preserving it.

"The significance of 32 Waterloo Street extends beyond architecture. It represents a piece of our collective memory and a touchstone for the community's identity.

"The building's restoration is a visible symbol of Weston Town Council and North Somerset Council's commitment to honouring and preserving our town's unique streetscapes and architectural heritage."