'Ocean liner' is Trop contender
PUBLISHED: 10:01 18 November 2010
A MULTI-MILLION pound waterpark themed on an ocean liner is what people in Weston want to see on the site of the derelict Tropicana, according to the businessman who is trying to redevelop it.
Richard Nightingale says more than 40 per cent of people who voted for their favourite scheme from four of his proposed designs picked the modern proposal by Newcastle-based architects Faulkner Brown.
The oval-shaped scheme for the dilapidated seafront site includes a lazy river, leisure pool, gym, rapids rides, play equipment and an ice-skating adventure course. It also contains cafés, bars and restaurants which would spill out onto outside sun decks for scenic views.
On revealing the winning scheme, Mr Nightingale said: “This world class attraction will firmly place Weston on the map, providing first class leisure facilities to the local community and a state-of-the-art water and leisure park to rival anything currently on offer anywhere else in the country.
“This new development, along with our new pier, will firmly place the town on everyone’s list as a must-see tourist destination.”
The design will now be submitted to North Somerset Council as part of Mr Nightingale’s bid to rebuild and run the closed Tropicana.
The businessman is moving forward with the idea after asking residents to pick the favourite of the four designs he has displayed over the past four months. A total 8,044 votes were cast, with Faulkner Brown’s proposal coming out on top with 3,363.
A spokesman for the architect said: “Our design proposals respond to the challenge to deliver a landmark building and place an exhilarating waterpark at its heart.
“It is envisaged that, when complete, the mix of features will rank Tropicana in the top five waterparks in the UK and it will play a major role in the regeneration of the tourist industry in Weston.”
Mr Nightingale faces competition to rebuild the North Somerset Council-owned site from Wiltshire-based firm Havard Tisdale.
Both parties are involved in a tendering process, and last week submitted activity plans laying out how they hope to progress their proposals last week.
Mr Nightingale has pledged a £1million guarantee to rebuild the attraction if he wins the council contract, following the last failed attempt by developer Henry Boot.