Sea-view restaurant planned for Winter Gardens

PUBLISHED: 13:30 17 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:43 23 June 2016

The Winter Gardens.

The Winter Gardens.

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Weston College has announced further developments to Weston’s iconic Winter Gardens site, which include plans for a new bar and sea-view restaurant.

The upcoming plans are to restore the pavilion and revamp part of the building as a law and professional services academy and a new university centre. As well as this, the ballroom will be refurbished and remain entirely for public use.

This comes after North Somerset Council officially handed the site to the college at the beginning of May.
The café facing the Town Square will remain after the redevelopment and while the college is yet to have had contractor surveys completed – which will signal a final go-ahead for the plans – the hope is to create a new two-storey bar and a restaurant which will overlook the seafront.

This will be in the wing which formerly housed the town’s tourist information centre, with the service having recently moved to the Tropicana.

Change will also occur to the main entrance and reception area, which will move from the rear of the building to The View Bar site. The smaller rooms above this area will then also be used for a number of functions.

John Crockford-Hawley, chairman of North Somerset Council and member of the site’s community access board, said the plans are exciting for the town.

He said: “2017 is shaping up to be a magical year for Weston. Across town many projects are starting and some will reach completion next year, including refurbishment of the museum and leisure facilities in Dolphin Square.

“Even the Tropicana is shaping up for post-Banksy revitalisation. The refurbishment of the Winter Gardens and these other works are all part of a bigger regeneration project that is just beginning to come together.”

Bernard Doyle, the project’s lead architect, has now presented his initial drawings and work will begin as soon as contractor surveys are completed.

He said: “We’ve been working with the Winter Gardens’ planning team and our ambition is to restore the original portion of the building back to its former glory.”

To view a gallery of the plans and development, click here.

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