Major step forward in Weston-super-Mare regeneration
North Somerset Council has announced that McLaren Life’s redevelopment of Dolphin Square in Weston-super-Mare is set to commence within the next few weeks.
The news is a major step forward in the Council’s plans for the regeneration of Weston’s centre and the £18m third stage of the £45m regeneration project is expected to be finished and open in the summer of 2017.
The work will start mid-November and once completed, Dolphin Square will boast an eight screen, 16,000 seat Cineworld cinema and restaurants including: Nandos, Prezzo, Pizza Express, Mimosa Buffet, Preto and Costa Coffee.
McLaren Life have also signed Rock Up, an indoor climbing and soft play company and a health and fitness operator, and is working to secure occupiers for the remaining retail and restaurant units during the course of next year.
The announcement signifies confidence in the town and real progress in implementing the council’s ambitious vision for a vibrant and prosperous town centre in which more diverse retail and leisure play a key part.
“The imminent start of construction on the £18m third stage of the Dolphin Square development is fantastic news for Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding area. Not only does the development significantly expand the town’s retail and leisure opportunities, but it will also give confidence to local retailers and will undoubtedly attract further investment.
“Weston has long been in need of significant regeneration, and with Dismaland highlighting the economic benefits of a strong culture and leisure offer, Dolphin Square is a major step in the right direction. If we combine this news with the progress that is being made elsewhere across town – including Weston College’s development of a Law and Professional Services Academy at the Winter Gardens, and the council’s plans to explore the potential of the cultural and creative sector – it makes exciting reading for the seaside town, as it becomes an increasingly more attractive place to live for a wider, diverse range of people.