Architects appointed to design Dolphin Square's flats blueprint

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 January 2017

Old Dolphin Square site in Oxford Street.

Old Dolphin Square site in Oxford Street.

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Work on the fourth phase of Weston-super-Mare's Dolphin Square development has taken an exciting step forward, after a team of architects was appointed to lead the site's redevelopment.

The fourth phase of the Carlton Street project will see 180 flats built, along with ground floor space for retail outlets and possible leisure opportunities, and will sit next to the leisure development which is on track to open this summer.

North Somerset Council is delivering the project, along with the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), and the authority revealed this week it had appointed AHR Architects to draw up plans for the site.

A council spokesman confirmed AHR would begin its work this month and an outline planning application for phase four would appear by late summer 2017.

The spokesman said: “AHR will be designing the buildings, working with a wider team of HCA-appointed technical specialists to produce the planning application for the site.

“The project team will be managed jointly by HCA and the council.”

The redevelopment of Dolphin Square – which also includes redeveloping the Beach Road car park and the Oxford Corner chip shop – will form part of a wider plan to build 900 homes in Weston town centre in the coming years.

Some of the other town centre sites earmarked for future redevelopment include the Locking Road car park, the former magistrates’ court and police station in Walliscote Road and the former library in Boulevard.

A council report into the decision to appoint AHR said it would use money from the sale of Locking Road car park to pay for the architectural services required for the redevelopment of Dolphin Square, as the HCA intended to redevelop this site first. However, only £135,000 of this money will be used at first.

The report said: “When the council sold Locking Road car park to the HCA in 2016, it was agreed the council would set aside up to £500,000 from the £2.5million capital receipt as funding to help bring forward the site for development.

“As Dolphin Square phase four is programmed to come forward ahead of Locking Road car park, it has therefore been agreed that the first tranche from the allocated £500,000 of funding will be made available to secure architectural services for that site.”

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