Winter Gardens development to only cause ‘minimal disruption’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 July 2016

The current Winter Gardens site.

The current Winter Gardens site.

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Weston College’s development of the Winter Gardens is beginning to take shape, with more being revealed about the work’s impact on the town.

The upcoming plans are to restore the pavilion and revamp part of the building as a law and professional services academy and a new university centre. The ballroom will be refurbished and remain dedicated to public use.

Spider Lane, the main pedestrian route from the seafront to the town centre, will need to be closed to move machinery from the Winter Gardens.

However, contractors will be subject to strict conditions which stipulate access must be maintained apart from when heavy equipment is being removed from the site. The licence will be in place for a year.

A college spokesman said the 12 months is a ‘massive overestimate’ of the time it will take.

They said: “The licence is to ensure the contractors can safely remove the plant machinery. Midas Construction will try to ensure this route is closed for the minimal amount of time possible and will make sure people can still get from the Italian Gardens to the seafront.”

The alternative route to the southern side of the Winter Gardens to the Sovereign Centre will still be accessible throughout.

North Somerset Council sold the Winter Gardens site to the college in January of last year for a nominal £1, in order to attract match-funding.

A council spokesman said: “The scale of the works involved will inevitably mean some disruption to the area around the site, but the council and Weston College are working together to keep disruption to a minimum.

“While contractors will need access to different parts of the site, a specific area has been designated as a compound for storage of their equipment and vehicles, which is the Winter Gardens car park and does not include Town Square.”


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