Revealed: How Weston-super-Mare’s finished Dolphin Square will look

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 July 2016

An impression of where the new restaurants will be located.

An impression of where the new restaurants will be located.

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These images show what Weston-super-Mare’s Dolphin Square development will look like once work on the £45million project comes to an end next year.

How Dolphin Square will look in relation to the Town Hall.How Dolphin Square will look in relation to the Town Hall.

Long-awaited work began on the Carlton Street site in November and these pictures, which were released by developer McLaren Life this week, show where restaurants and leisure facilities will be located when it opens next summer.

The development will be home to a Cineworld cinema and a wide range of restaurants, including Nando’s, Pizza Express, Mimosa, Preto and Prezzo.

According to the impressions, the cinema will be located directly behind the Town Hall, in Walliscote Grove Road, with the restaurants positioned behind this.

The development will also include a Rock Up indoor climbing centre and a health and fitness centre – which McLaren Life confirmed this week would be operated by the Anytime Fitness chain.

The images also show how an outdoor seating area for diners will look once the development is complete.

The area in question, which will be called Church Square, is located close to the Emmanuel Church in Oxford Street and is due to be finished by next spring.

However, the square’s creation saw North Somerset Council pedestrianise part of nearby Union Street at the end of last month.

A council spokesman said: “(The works) will involve removing the church boundary wall, planting an avenue of trees and creating an attractive open space which will also allow the cafés and restaurants at Dolphin Square to have outdoor seating.

“Along with further works planned for Oxford Street, including pavement widening, this will also significantly improve access to the High Street for pedestrians.”

Despite the project being previously blighted by years of delayed start dates, a McLaren Life spokesman confirmed work on the site is progressing on time. The project was given a further boost earlier this year when Lancashire County Council Pension Fund invested £18million into the scheme.

The installation of the site’s steelwork is also due to be completed by contractors next month.


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