Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare

Planning approval granted for a scheme to restore the iconic Tropicana seafront complex to its historic use as a swimming pool, creating a leisure attraction of regional significance within the South West.

Support for the application came from English Heritage, and North Somerset Council's Planning Committee voted unanimously to approve the proposals.

The proposals comprise the following main zones:

• 3 swimming pool areas - a central, enclosed, Olympic-sized pool for lane swimming and a deep end for diving, with a spectator area for competition events; an outdoor, informal family pool incorporating chutes and fountains; and an adventure pool for more challenging activities such as white water rapids. The outdoor pools will be heated by solar panels and the glazed walls separating the areas will open in hot weather.

• Restaurant, spa and support facilities - located on 2 floors along the promenade frontage. A large changing area with cubicles, lockers and showers is located in the central zone.

• Stage area - provision for large, outdoor events such as ‘T4 On The Beach’, allowing crowds to gather on the south side of the complex.

The existing structures along the promenade will be restored, extended at first floor level to form visual ‘end stops’ and incorporated into the new building. The central pool will be enclosed with a new, lightweight roof and new, glazed perimeter walls shall be formed to allows views to the beach.

As an outline application, details of specific elevational treatment, layout and phasing are subject to further design and consideration.

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