Principal Contractor announced for Lynmouth Pavilion
Exmoor National Park Authority has announced the appointment of local firm Morgan Sindall, based in Barnstaple, as Principal Contractor to redevelop the Lynmouth Pavilion site following a competitive tendering process.
The redevelopment of the old Pavilion building is part of a £1.2 million investment to provide a state of the art attraction that will benefit tourism and businesses in Lynton and Lynmouth and the wider Exmoor area for years to come.
The project received a boost recently when the National Park Authority received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) of development funding of £23,500 to help the Authority progress its plans for a full grant of up to £250,000 for the Pavilion which will add value to the interpretation of the unique heritage of the area.
The application was in competition with other supportable projects, so a ‘first-round pass’ is an endorsement of outline proposals. Having been awarded a first-round pass, the project now has up to two years to submit fully developed proposals to compete for a firm award, although the Authority plans to submit their proposals this autumn.
Tim Braund from Exmoor National Park Authority says: “We are getting to an exciting phase of the project and I am delighted that we have been able to award the contract to a local firm.
“This project has only been able to come about thanks to the generous support of Devon County Council’s ‘Invest in Devon’ fund and the National Park Authority is also contributing over £500,000 to the redevelopment.”
Chris Spear, area director for Morgan Sindall, says: “Lynmouth Pavilion is a distinctive and historical landmark in Exmoor National Park and the Morgan Sindall team is pleased to be involved in this prestigious redevelopment project.”
The Pavilion building, which is situated on the seafront at Lynmouth, dates back to the 1930s. The condition of the building means that it will have to be demolished and this work is planned for October this year. Work will then start on the construction of the new, sustainable building in the same 1930s design. Elements of the structure are to be removed and reused including the steel roof structure and decorative steel brackets to the balcony and it is anticipated that the Centre will be open in Spring 2013.
Published: 6 August 2012
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