Winter Gardens 'nearing completion' as refurbished frontage revealed
PUBLISHED: 07:46 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:53 28 July 2017
The scaffolding which has been covering the iconic frontage of Weston-super-Mare's Winter Gardens for months has been removed to reveal the refurbished pavilion, which Weston College is due to re-open in September.
Weston College has invested £11million into refurbishing the venue since it bought it from North Somerset Council for £1 at the start of 2015. It will re-open in September and will be used for the college’s law, professional and degree-level services, with University Centre Weston students having the Winter Gardens as their main base.
But much of the building will remain available for public use, including a revamped café and new two-storey bar and restaurant with a sea view.
The ballroom has also been revamped and its dome has been coated with a sound-absorbent material to improve sound.
Work is now nearing completion and a college spokesman told the Mercury as many as 100 people are working on the site at any given moment.
The ballroom is now due to have the latest sound and video equipment installed and the building is being painted.
Smaller, more environmentally-friendly windows, have been installed and offer less restricted views of the seafront.
The spokesman said there has been a ‘massive’ amount of interest in weddings, parties and public and corporate events.
They added: “We have also appointed a chef for the public restaurant, and have put together a menu which makes the most of local produce. The restaurant will be decorated in a 1920s style to be more in-sync with the rest of the building.”