'Superb' Winter Gardens development well underway in Weston-super-Mare
PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 July 2016
New images of the ‘beginning of the new Weston’ have been revealed as the Winter Gardens development continues to take shape.
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.
The ballroom and wings of the original 1920s structure will be refurbished and remain dedicated to public use.
It has been revealed the two aspects of the development will remain separate, with the university centre’s main entrance set to be located on the Italian Gardens side of the building, while the public will gain access to the ballroom and restaurant from the seafront.
A barrier will be put between the university centre and the area reserved for community use, ensuring there is a clear distinction between the two.
Weston town councillor Mark Canniford said: “I think this is the beginning of the new Weston. If you jump forward 25 years Weston will be a better place.
“You just have to look at the Winter Gardens and what it will do. It is the real starting point of the new Weston. It is going to be superb.”
Rooms on the first floor of the 1920s structure will form function rooms and green rooms.
It is hoped the ballroom will be used for a host of purposes, including concerts, weddings and community activities.
Another councillor, Sarah Codling, who is a member of the community access board, said: “I think there is tremendous opportunity here to not just protect but also to enhance the Winter Gardens.
“The high standard of refurbishments outlined in the plans, coupled with the college’s management, will ensure the people of Weston are able to fully use and enjoy this treasured and iconic venue for many years to come.”
North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton said: “The development of Weston’s outstanding college’s new facility at the Winter Gardens marks another significant step forward in our shared ambitions for the town, attracting more people to come to Weston to study, as well as providing an improved facility for the local community.”