'Prominent' Weston-super-Mare building to be turned into 'high-quality' apartments?
PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 January 2017
A former bank in Weston town centre could be redeveloped to become a mixture of flats and retail space.
The former Co-operative bank building, in Alexandra Parade, has been closed since the bank decided to shut its Weston branch in 2016.
However, developers Studio Architecture – backed by landlord Andreas Ioannou – have submitted an application to construct a third floor inside the building and turn its upper floors into four ‘high-quality’ apartments.
The ground floor, meanwhile, would be set aside for either retail or leisure use and the Mercury understands plans to bring in a new commercial occupier have been drawn up.
The scheme’s project manager Philip Caine said: “We are very pleased to have been selected to work on this development.
“Encouraging new uses and opportunities in the town centre is vital to the life of Weston. We are working to provide high-quality urban apartments, which will encourage more people to live in the town centre and will inject new life into the area.
“Such a prominent building should be a focus of these plans to promote Weston town centre in the coming years.”
The application was also welcomed by Central ward councillor Richard Nightingale, who said: “In recent months new development and investment in the centre of Weston has gone from strength to strength. For this to continue, vacant or neglected buildings must be brought back in to use.
“Every effort must also be made to support and encourage a thriving and prosperous town centre.
“The Co-op building has been closed since last year, so I’m glad to see that its redevelopment has now been proposed.
“The planned mix of retail, leisure and residential use would be far better than the office accommodation previously on the site. Another benefit is that these schemes usually need less car spaces, relieving some of the pressures on residents’ parking in the town centre.”