New hotel delay

PUBLISHED: 13:30 29 July 2011

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WORK on a new hotel, restaurant and gym on Weston's seafront has been delayed for another week due to fears it could disrupt summer business.

McLaren Life had said contractors were to move onto the Beach Road car park site this week for preparatory work ahead of building the 112-bedroom Premier Inn hotel.

The hotel, which will be joined by a Brewers Fayre restaurant and Anytime Fitness gym, is the first stage of work by the developer to revamp Dolphin Square.

But the work has been put back until Monday, with building now expected to start on August 15.

A spokesman said: “Start of work on site can only occur when all technical approvals such as legal, highways, environment conditions are in place and also when construction design has been concluded.

“Enabling work at the site has been deferred at the request of North Somerset Council and traders in order to reduce the impact of additional construction during peak summer months.”

This week, the developer also gave new targeted completion dates for the three stages of work.

The first stage of work is set to be completed by summer 2012, the expansion of Carlton Street car park by early 2013 and Dolphin Square by the end of 2013.

The new shopping centre has had strong commercial backing, with a range of companies already signed up to occupy some of the 20-25 units available.

They include Vue cinema, First Bowl and restaurant chains Nando’s, Prezzo and Harvester.

The developer claims negotiations are still ongoing with a number of other national chains, which the Mercury understands to include Debenhams and Primark.

The development will cost £35million, with the estimated cost of shop refits about £30million. Work can now start after McLaren Life finalised 200-year leases for the three areas of the overall site from North Somerset Council.

* Are you excited about these grand plans for Dolphin Square? Will big-name shops prove a boost to the town? Is the area in need of a new cinema? Share your views below.

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