Next step for Lynmouth Pavilion plans

RGP Architects appointed as project to restore landmark building continues.

PLANS to return a revitalised Lynmouth Pavilion to the community have taken another step forward with the appointment of local architects to come up with detailed designs for the site.

Following an open tendering process RGP Architects of Barnstaple has been appointed and owner Exmoor National Park Authority is now driving ahead with plans to redevelop the Pavilion and re-open it as a visitor centre.

The once elegant 1930s building has been closed and all but derelict for 10 years, with ongoing attempts to bring it back into use.

There is now a budget of �900,000, two thirds provided by Devon County Council’s Invest in Devon Fund – money from the sale of Exeter Airport – with �300,000 put in by the National Park Authority.

The authority is also keen to hear from anyone with old photographs or memories of the Pavilion or even before it was built.

With the budget available, the preferred option is to renovate and refurbish the existing building, providing a state-of-the-art modern facility within the shell of the old building.

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But what exactly can be achieved and how much needs to be done will not be known until a detailed structural survey and Quantity Surveyor’s report on the proposed plan is available.

Once RGP Architects have produced more detailed plans a consultation event will be carried out to give local people the chance to see the proposals and have their say.

Tim Braund, Head of Information and Access Services at Exmoor National Park said it was great to have local architects for this important site and they were looking forward to working with them.

“Our vision for the centre is that it will be a valuable asset both for the local community and the wider National Park,” he said.

“We are well aware that this is a much loved local building with a long history.”

Until it was closed for safety, Exmoor National Park had a centre in the Pavilion and is looking forward to moving back there, since for the past decade staff have been reduced to a portable building in nearby Lyndale car park.

Local County Councillor Andrea Davis, who is also on the project board, said: “This semi derelict building has been an eyesore on our sea front area for many years.

“It has a vital role to play in the economy of our village and I am very pleased to have won the funding from Devon County Council for the restoration. Lynmouth is recognised nationally as being one of the most beautiful spots in England and I am sure this scheme will help to maintain that reputation.”

Anyone with old photos or memories of the Pavilion, its development or the site from before, is asked to call contact Ben Totterdell or Tim Braund on (01398) 323665 or email

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