Meet the Winter Gardens development team

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 June 2016

The Winter Gardens team.

The Winter Gardens team.

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The upcoming revamp of the iconic Winter Gardens is beginning to take shape, with a team of experts now appointed to oversee the development.

Since the site was officially handed over to the college in May – ahead of its conversion to a law and professional services academy – work has already begun on clearing up the town centre site.

Now building work looks to be imminent too, as a number of key people have been brought in to assist with the project.

The college’s plans include restoring its pavilion and refurbishing the ballroom. The pavilion will host the new academy and a university centre, while the ballroom will remain for public use.

The project’s lead architect is Bernard Doyle, who has more than 20 years of architectural experience and worked with the college previously to create the South West skills campus in Locking Road.

Construction company Midas Group is also on board after previously developing the construction and engineering centre of excellence housed at the skills campus.

Kevin Curtis from Midas will site manage the project and will hope to re-create the success of the Locking Road development, which earned a best educational building award at the Building Excellence Awards.

As well as this, the college will also have a number of its own staff taking part in the build.

Lynda Neate, college facilities and estates manager, will focus on the health and safety side of the project, alongside health and safety advisor Rory O’Connor.

Senior assistant principal Linda Burlison, who has worked in the building industry, will help oversee the project.

She has expertise in restoring buildings with historical significance, and said she wants the Winter Gardens to be enjoyed by future generations.

She said: “This is a very exciting development, both for the college and for Weston in general.

“There is a real opportunity here to restore and protect this historic building for the enjoyment of generations to come, and to secure and promote its use by the community for a wide range of events.”

A spokesman for the college said: “The law and professional services academy and university centre will enable the college to teach a new range of courses to meet the demand of the legal, professional services and financial sectors in the west of England.”

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