Bournemouth unveils its Pavilion plans

Plans for a restored Pavilion in Bournemouth are on show for just two days.

The Pavilion theatre complex is yards from the seafront and a landmark for anyone arriving at the Pier approach at the heart of old Bournemouth. Its theatre, where stars have appeared, hosted many early party conferences including Labour’s 1940 gathering which confirmed the Churchill coalition.

The building was opened in the Twenties and it seems that original features might be restored or replicated. The downside for many is that it is to be paid for by the opening of a casino alongside.

Developer Trevor Osborne is investing £13m in the restoration of the listed Pavilion. Work on demolishing the 1970s West Terrace extension is already complete.

Bournemouth Council is seeking views before the plans are considered by the planning board in March.

The scheme and an architect’s model can be seen in the Lucullus Room at The Pavilion from 12 noon to 6.30pm today and Friday.

Council Leader Stephen MacLoughlin says “We’re delighted to unveil these latest plans. They include better quality outside space to be enjoyed by anyone in the town, whether or not they choose to eat in the restaurants, attend a performance or visit the casino.”

About Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts is an experienced walker and has known the local coastline since childhood. He is the author of many successful walking guides.
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