5 exciting projects in Weston-super-Mare to be completed in 2017
PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 June 2017
There is no doubt about it - change is in the air in Weston-super-Mare, and some of the town's biggest projects are due to be completed in the coming months. Here are the highlights of what you can look forward to…
Weston Museum re-opens
The building, in Burlington Street, has been closed for two years, but the wait is almost over. The new-look museum has received a £1million facelift, and will be open to the public on August 26.
The museum will be free to visit, and is due to welcome touring exhibitions, meaning there will always be something new to see.
New features include vents in the roof to cool the atrium space down on hot days, plus interactive exhibitions showing the town’s history in all its glory.
Dolphin Square cinema and restaurants
Big-name restaurants and a Cineworld cinema are on their way to Weston as part of the long-awaited Dolphin Square development.
The project has been hit by a series of delays, but the buildings are taking shape. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-August, and then the individual businesses will be invited to complete the fixtures and fittings in their units.
The cinema could be open by Christmas, while opening dates have not yet been announced for restaurants including Nando’s, Pizza Express and Prezzo.
The plans to revamp the Town Square and Italian Gardens only emerged before Christmas in 2016 – but it will not be long until the contractors leave and the space is finally re-opened.
The Italian Gardens’ revamp has cost £2.48million, with features including 16,500 granite slabs and a 158,000 litre water tank.
The space will open again on August 5, and a huge family event is planned for it. It is expected the area will be used for more events throughout 2017 and beyond.
Hutton Moor Leisure Centre
A £2.15million extension at the leisure centre, in Hutton Moor Road, is due to be completed in September.
The new gym will be fitted with some of the latest technology which means you can browse Facebook or even watch House Of Cards or Orange Is The New Black on Netflix while you work out.
And for those who enjoy competitive sport, there will also be a 4G sports pitch and new tennis courts – complete with virtual classes led by world-famous instructors.
The scaffolding has been in place around the Winter Gardens for a year, but the new-look law and professional services academy will be unveiled in September.
Although the majority of the building will be used by Weston College, the ballroom is being refurbished and kept for community use, meaning events could soon return to the venue.
A seafront restaurant will also be opened, serving locally-sourced cuisine.