Island-styled Tropicana gets positive support

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 December 2010




MULTI-MILLION-POUND plans to rebuild Weston’s Tropicana into apartments, a hotel and swimming pool have drawn strong support, claims the developer.

More than 130 people got a first glimpse of Havard Tisdale’s island-style proposal for the closed-down attraction at a public exhibition last week.

Its vision is to combine a hotel and residential flats in a seven-storey-high leisure complex, which would also include restaurants, a swimming pool and car parking.

The Wiltshire-based firm, which is competing with town businessman Richard Nightingale to regenerate the site, has said feedback has so far been positive.

Out of 60 surveys filled out by exhibition attendees, 80 per cent indicated strong backing, while just 13 per cent offered opposition to the scheme.

Comments included support for the island-style design and urgency to get the site bought forward for redevelopment.

Director Peter Tisdale said: “We are delighted with the response received for our preliminary designs.

“To date the majority of people have told us that they would like to see a new pool which caters primarily for swimming, together with the inclusion of other new leisure areas, including those geared towards providing water recreation and family fun.

“Most residents have also been keen to let us know that the name Tropicana should be retained, either fully or in part’.

“All views received are being fully considered and will inform our initial plans prior to the submission of our bid to North Somerset Council.”

The firm is yet to decide on the type or size of the pool, or what will go alongside it within a large leisure area designated in the scheme.

Under requirements in the council’s procurement process, the proposal must have a pool of at least 450sqm.

Rival bidder Richard Nightingale is proposing an ocean-liner design for the seafront site with lazy rivers, a leisure pool, gym and ice skating adventure course.

It would also contain cafes, bars and restaurants which would spill out onto outside sun decks for scenic views.

Both parties are to submit final bids to regenerate the North Somerset Council-owned site in early January.

Anyone wanting to comment on Havard Tisdale’s proposal should visit the firm’s consultation page at

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