Weston College has put together a team of experts to plan and oversee the development and refurbishment of the Winter Gardens Pavilion.
Bernard Doyle, founder of View Architects, will be the lead architect for the project. Bernard has over 20 years’ experience designing advanced and complex buildings across a variety of sectors. His previous work with the College includes its award winning South West Skills Campus.
Kevin Curtis, from Midas Group, will be site managing the project. Midas has worked with the College in recent years to create its Engineering Centre and on the South West Skills Campus development, which was shortlisted for the ‘Best Educational Building’ award at the Building Excellence Awards last year.
Lynda Neate, the College’s Facilities and Estates Manager, and Rory O’Connor, the College’s Health and Safety Advisor, will be advising on the facilities and health and safety at the venue.
The team will be led by Senior Assistant Principal Linda Burlison, who has extensive experience in the building industry, with particular expertise in the refurbishment of buildings of historical significance.
Projects she has worked on include the refurbishment of Bath Spa and London Paddington stations and, more recently, the College’s Hans Price-designed conference centre.
She said: “This is a very exciting development, both for the College and for Weston-super-Mare in general.
“There is a real opportunity here to restore and protect this historic building for the enjoyment of generations to come, and to secure and promote its use by the community for a wide range of events.”
Work began on the Winter Gardens during the week following its transfer to the College, with the fishponds being cleaned, graffiti removed and surveys beginning on the building’s structure.
The 1920s pavilion and associated areas will be refurbished and enhanced with the intention of keeping them available for community use. The rear 1980s extension will be redeveloped and transformed into a Law and Professional Services Academy and University Centre, enabling the College to teach a new range of courses to meet the demand of the legal, professional services and financial sector in the West of England.
Stay up to date on the College development on the Winter Gardens’ new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WestonWinterGardens