Strand Pavilion Mark 2 revealed

PUBLISHED: 10:41 01 December 2011

New Strand building

New Strand building

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New plans for a £400,000 Strand pavilion have been re-submitted - and still could include a café.

The revised plans by Paul Humphries Architects Ltd show a glass-fronted building - minus the second floor shown on the original plans.

The multi-functional building will be 1.5 metres lower and serve as a bus shelter, a performance backdrop and will have a ‘retail sales’ or small-scale catering space inside.

Strand café owners had complained that it would be in direct competition with them.

The building is the final piece of the jigsaw in the £3m Strand regeneration by Devon County Council in partnership with East Devon District Council (EDDC) and Exmouth Town Council.

The building costs are included with the £3m price tag of The Strand, which is ‘on budget’.

Original plans would have seen the building go several hundred thousand pounds over budget, hence the redesign.

A county council spokesman said: “The rejuvenation of the area has already supported local business growth with new cafes and shops opening up.

“The Strand has also hosted a number of community events including the Exmouth Festival and Remembrance Service.

“Next month’s Christmas Cracker event will also see The Strand host a variety of stalls and its new layout means that it will have an extended ice rink.”

Exmouth Town Council clerk John Wokersien said: “The recent Remembrance Service in The Strand demonstrated the full benefit of the area.

“No flooding, no traffic and almost perfect silence to remember those who have made great sacrifice.

“Over 1,000 people gathered to mark the service and formed a complete circle around the war memorial allowing a great view of the parade and the laying of wreaths.

For Devon’s largest town, The Strand now provides a great usable space for important civic occasions for the whole community.”

Councillor Tim Wood, EDDC’s Exmouth champion, said: “It represents a significant investment in the town and a boost to confidence in Exmouth’s future as a place to shop and visit.

“The proposed building is a modest-sized unit that may attract a niche trader or a small-scale café or takeaway.

Once built, the building will be leased on a commercial basis and the income used to fund the ongoing maintenance of the building.

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