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Iconic seafront pavilion could be ripped down and rebuilt

PUBLISHED: 09:08 15 July 2018 | UPDATED: 19:22 15 July 2018

East Point Pavilion in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher.

East Point Pavilion in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher.

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Proposals which could see an iconic seafront building demolished and rebuilt will be discussed by Waveney's cabinet.

East Point Pavilion in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher.East Point Pavilion in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher.

East Point Pavilion on Lowestoft’s Royal Plain was opened in 1993 and over the years has been used as a tourist information centre, as well as housing restaurants and children’s soft play.

Its prominent seafront position makes it a popular spot for residents and visitors alike, however a recent survey has shown that the roof is in need of replacement, along with the heating and ventilation systems, and the electrical systems require a substantial upgrade to meet current standards.

The work is estimated to cost £546,000 and proposals for its refurbishment and future will be put before Waveney District Council’s cabinet on Wednesday.

East Point Pavilion in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher.East Point Pavilion in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Four options have been laid out: do nothing, repair and refurbish the existing building, demolish the existing building to create open space or demolish and replace it with a new building.

The report says: “We believe there is a significant opportunity to create a new landmark building in what is one of the most prominent and important locations in Lowestoft, at the gateway to the south beach tourist area and primary arrival point for the town.

“It also presents an opportunity to link the building more sympathetically to its immediate surroundings of the Royal Green and fountain square, thereby creating a much greater sense of place.”

Designer Wayne Hemingway talks to business leaders and community groups about ways to improve Lowestoft seafront.
PHOTO: Nick ButcherDesigner Wayne Hemingway talks to business leaders and community groups about ways to improve Lowestoft seafront. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The report says that at the time of refurbishment in 1999, the economic life of the pavilion was estimated to be 20 years.

The building and surrounding area has been identified as a key site for the Lowestoft Seafront Vision, a project being developed by designer Wayne Hemingway on behalf of the council, to regenerate the south beach area.

The preferred proposal is to fully investigate demolishing and replacing the pavilion with a view to developing a viable scheme to be brought back to cabinet with a full business case.

In order to progress a feasibility study, councillors will be asked to approve funding of up to £30,000 to cover design team and consultancy fees, as well as a bid to the Coastal Revival Fund to support the work.

The meeting will be held at the council’s Riverside headquarters in Lowestoft at 4pm.

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