First image of developer's Tropicana vision

PUBLISHED: 11:19 14 December 2010 | UPDATED: 10:48 16 December 2010




THE first designs of a Wiltshire-based developer's vision for the Tropicana have gone on display today (Tues).

Havard Tisdale is running a one-day exhibition on its plans for the ruined attraction at the Winter Gardens in Royal Parade from 11am-7.30pm.

The firm is one of two would-be developers bidding to regenerate the North Somerset Council-owned seafront site.

Its preliminary plans, titled View from the Beach, show an island concept with green and rocky features.

A spokesman said: “A key feature of the design is that it offers a high degree of public accessibility with direct public access from the beach and seafront to significant new areas of public space, which could be used for a variety of uses including picnics, al fresco dining, music and other family events.”

The company is not revealing what will go inside the scheme, but it has not ruled out apartments or a hotel.

The site, however, must contain a pool of at least 450sqm.

Last month, director Peter Tisdale said: “A swimming pool will not fund the project on its own – so our challenge is to find other uses for the site which will add value and make the scheme viable.”

The company, which has seven years of experience, says it is still unclear about the cost of the project, which would be funded by bank cash and equity.

Both Havard Tisdale and Richard Nightingale are set to submit formal bids as part of the tendering process for the site by North Somerset Council by January 7.

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