Delay continues at Exmouth bowling complex

THE OWNER of Exmouth’s seafront bowling alley has revealed it will be spring at the earliest before construction work will resume on the multi-million pound leisure complex.

Mark Quinn, of Harlequins Leisure, the firm behind the development, remains uncertain about when work will re-start.

As previously reported in The Journal, problems in the floor at the building are thought to have been found, forcing the completion date to be put back by several months.

Work on the state-of-the-art building that will house a bowling alley and can incorporate an ice-skating rink has been at a standstill since March last year.

Mr Quinn said an ongoing legal claim he has launched against a contractor is responsible for the delay.

The businessman, who claimed he was eager for the complex to be completed, added: “Negotiations are ongoing to resolve the issue and we hope we will conclude them soon and be able to get back onto site.

“We remain committed to the project and we’re very frustrated that this problem has not yet been overcome.”

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The building, which will be clad in glass, includes a restaurant, play area and function rooms and has been designed in such a way that it can incorporate an ice-skating rink at certain times of the year.

Mr Quinn, speaking at a public meeting held in Gunfield Gardens last May, said the centre would take six months to complete – at the most – once building work resumed.

Plans to build a bowling alley at the site were first given the go-ahead in 2007.

Mr Quinn has encountered a number of setbacks which have brought construction to a standstill in the last three years.

The delays have resulted in a series of projected completion dates being missed.

A revised planning application, to overcome the latest problem, which included calls to raise the height of the roof, was approved by East Devon District Council last summer.

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