Lynmouth Pavilion work starts
Work gets underway on �1.2 million refurbishment project.
DEMOLITION work is underway on the old Lynmouth Pavilion to herald the start of a �1.2 million regeneration project.
Barnstaple-based contractor, Morgan Sindall, has started dismantling the 1932 pavilion on the sea front before it is rebuilt as a state-of-the-art visitor centre for Exmoor National Park Authority.
The new building will be rebuilt in the original’s art deco style, with parts of the original such as the steel roof and decorative balcony brackets reused in the new centre.
The aim is to provide an attraction that will benefit tourism and businesses in the region. It was decided at the start of this year to delay the work until the autumn to avoid disruption to the tourist season.
“We are pleased to have started work on what promises to be a very interesting restoration and rebuild project,” said Chris Spear, area director for Morgan Sindall.
“This really is a striking building and one which fits well with the surrounding area on the sea front. A project such as this requires a great amount of technique and workmanship and our site team has a wealth of experience in undertaking work of this nature.”
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Tim Braund, at Exmoor National Park Authority, added: “Everyone involved with the rebuilding of Lynmouth Pavilion is looking forward to watching it take shape over the coming months and being restored back to its former glory.”
More than half of funding for the scheme has come from Devon County Council’s Invest in Devon Fund (money from the sale of Exeter Airport) secured by local County Councillor Andrea Davis with the rest being met by the national park.