...and scheme could spell end for Trop
PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 October 2010
THE planned £35million revamp of Dolphin Square would be the 'final nail in the coffin' for the regeneration of the Tropicana, claims one potential developer.
Richard Nightingale has unveiled four designs to the public for the closed-down seafront attraction in a bid to win a tender redevelop the site.
But this week, the businessman said new plans to rebuild Dolphin Square would jeopardise - or even end - the chances of a new Tropicana.
McLaren Life is proposing a cinema, hotel and new High Street names for the tired shopping area.
The plans would involve flattening the centre for the mix of between 20-25 leisure and retail units.
Mr Nightingale said: “We all knew that rebuilding a pool on the Tropicana would be very difficult, and involve attracting and enticing nationwide commercial business such as shops, restaurants and cafes, whose rent would support the swimming facilities.
“However the launch of another development closer to the town centre, with its new owners working hard to attract the same businesses, very much risks the success of any long-term leisure development at the Tropicana.
“It might simply put the final nail in the coffin of an already hugely difficult Tropicana development.”
Mr Nightingale said North Somerset Council should delay any planning for Dolphin Square to ensure a Tropicana rebuild remained viable. He added: “Anything less would be an injustice.”
Last month Mr Nightingale and rival bidder Havard Tisdale both cleared the first hurdle of the development tendering process set by Tropicana-site owner North Somerset Council.