Olympic transformation planned for Brewers Quay

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BREWERS Quay is to be transformed into a hotel, restaurant and apartments complex in time for the Olympics.

New owners plan to take over the Weymouth building and convert it to an upmarket development housing a hotel, specialist retail outlets, restaurants, bars and luxury flats.

The Old Harbour development is due to be delivered by the time Weymouth hosts the 2012 Games.

It is described as an ‘inspiring’ and ‘prestigious’ project that will transform the face of Weymouth.

Major investment planned for the Grade II listed retail and leisure complex will retain the building’s heritage features through a sensitive conversion, according to he developers.

Much of the building’s fabric will be refurbished and upgraded.

Brewers Quay traders have been informed about the redevelopment plans and will be given more detail following an announcement next week.

However, they refused to speak about the shock announcement.

News of the plans comes as the complex celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Weymouth Museum, which is funded and managed by Brewers Quay, will stay in the new facilities and will be given a dedicated museum shop and café.

New jobs will be created at the former brewing facility’s new hotel, shops, restaurants and bars.

It is also hoped that the new-look Brewers Quay will bring more visitors to the resort.

But Michel Hooper-Immins, secretary of Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce, thinks it could have the reverse effect.

He said: “I think that Brewers Quay works very well as a visitor attraction and is a big asset to the town.

“Brewers Quay is a lovely collection of shops and I know many visitors enjoy spending time in there.

“Whether a hotel would be suitable for it, I don’t know.

“I would be concerned about where people are going to park their cars.

“I’d be very sad to see it go.”

Doubt was voiced by Mr Hooper-Immins about incorporating apartments into the plans.

“I’m not sure apartments are what we want and I have a feeling Brewers Quay is more valuable to the town as an attraction.”

Residents and traders are invited to a public exhibition to view the outline proposals for the transformation.

They will be on show from Thursday, August 5 to Saturday, August 7.

A detailed planning application for the Victorian brewery house will be submitted at a later date.

If planning permission is approved, development will begin early in 2011.

In 2004 Brewers Quay was put up for sale for the fifth time in 15 years.

Bids of around £3 million faltered when prospective buyers found managing the site too complex.

In February 2007 shops and businesses were given notice to leave by owner Punch Taverns.

An overhaul of the building was planned and tenants were given notice as a precautionary measure in case plans for development were brought forward.

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9:09am Sat 24 Jul 10

weymouth2010 says...

another thing ruined by the Olympics... lovely
password have-tear....
another thing ruined by the Olympics... lovely password have-tear.... weymouth2010
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9:16am Sat 24 Jul 10

585 says...

More traffic and parking in the town?
I hope that they put in some 'intelligent' parking wardens to match the 'intelligent traffic lights.
More traffic and parking in the town? I hope that they put in some 'intelligent' parking wardens to match the 'intelligent traffic lights. 585
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9:50am Sat 24 Jul 10

uluru says...

Not sure about this but in all the time it’s been open I have only ventured in there once and I must say I was very disappointed.
Not sure about this but in all the time it’s been open I have only ventured in there once and I must say I was very disappointed. uluru
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9:56am Sat 24 Jul 10

heinrich says...

more destruction of Weymouth in the
name of the great god olympics.We
will not have anything left recognizable soon.I wonder who
really is deciding what to alter next?
The residents of Weymouth and Portland have never been asked if they wanted to have their town and their live turned upside down.
more destruction of Weymouth in the name of the great god olympics.We will not have anything left recognizable soon.I wonder who really is deciding what to alter next? The residents of Weymouth and Portland have never been asked if they wanted to have their town and their live turned upside down. heinrich
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9:59am Sat 24 Jul 10

RobinofLocksley says...

With the council so eager for anything and everything to get a makeover before the olympics, I imagine the planning consent will be granted.
Interesting that the resident traders said nothing and that the new owners weren't named...hmmm....
With the council so eager for anything and everything to get a makeover before the olympics, I imagine the planning consent will be granted. Interesting that the resident traders said nothing and that the new owners weren't named...hmmm.... RobinofLocksley
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10:08am Sat 24 Jul 10

Wykeite says...

There is not much time to have major refurbishments to a grade II listed building without even planning permission being granted yet. Looks like another brown envelope day for the council.
There is not much time to have major refurbishments to a grade II listed building without even planning permission being granted yet. Looks like another brown envelope day for the council. Wykeite
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10:21am Sat 24 Jul 10

jlseagull says...

Brilliant! This is a good time to make significant improvements to this run down and jaded building. It will improve the whole atomosphere of the square and make it even more attractive.
Brilliant! This is a good time to make significant improvements to this run down and jaded building. It will improve the whole atomosphere of the square and make it even more attractive. jlseagull
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11:17am Sat 24 Jul 10

Stoneman says...

Absolutely fantastci up market hotel & bars= here today gone 12 months after the Olympics.I suppose it's gonna be a Hotel for the money people and therefore over-priced Bars and shops. I doubt it it'll e for the likes 'o we
Absolutely fantastci up market hotel & bars= here today gone 12 months after the Olympics.I suppose it's gonna be a Hotel for the money people and therefore over-priced Bars and shops. I doubt it it'll e for the likes 'o we Stoneman
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2:07pm Sat 24 Jul 10

Mick from the rock says...

Wykeite wrote:
There is not much time to have major refurbishments to a grade II listed building without even planning permission being granted yet. Looks like another brown envelope day for the council.
And the most corrupt council award in Britain goes too yep WPBC an DCC for the tenth year in a row,backhandsville Arizona,a handfull of business investors will make some money and the Locals as per norm leave with nothing,ask the audience or phone a barrister ?
Absolute disgust for this planning committee,no discusions,no notice,like everything else (especially taking out roundabouts)all knee jerk to try an make a fast buck an when the games have come and gone we are left with a gridlock town (traffic stopping lights etc) and massive debt,as history has proven around the globe,nearly every venue allready used has been left with MASSIVE debts.
[quote][p][bold]Wykeite[/bold] wrote: There is not much time to have major refurbishments to a grade II listed building without even planning permission being granted yet. Looks like another brown envelope day for the council.[/p][/quote]And the most corrupt council award in Britain goes too yep WPBC an DCC for the tenth year in a row,backhandsville Arizona,a handfull of business investors will make some money and the Locals as per norm leave with nothing,ask the audience or phone a barrister ? Absolute disgust for this planning committee,no discusions,no notice,like everything else (especially taking out roundabouts)all knee jerk to try an make a fast buck an when the games have come and gone we are left with a gridlock town (traffic stopping lights etc) and massive debt,as history has proven around the globe,nearly every venue allready used has been left with MASSIVE debts. Mick from the rock
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2:48pm Sat 24 Jul 10

Get a grip says...

Well it has to be better than the failed shops and grotty bar that we have now.
Well it has to be better than the failed shops and grotty bar that we have now. Get a grip
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2:58pm Sat 24 Jul 10

K9 says...

Good news. The existing building is poorly used and contributes little.
Good news. The existing building is poorly used and contributes little. K9
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3:21pm Sat 24 Jul 10

Genghis says...

The only thing I would want to see the Council nail down firmly is the commitment to Weymouth Museum. That must be safeguarded without any loopholes in the planning permission. Otherwise we'll see all of the exhibits transferred to the Pavilion to join the TIC.
The only thing I would want to see the Council nail down firmly is the commitment to Weymouth Museum. That must be safeguarded without any loopholes in the planning permission. Otherwise we'll see all of the exhibits transferred to the Pavilion to join the TIC. Genghis
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4:09pm Sat 24 Jul 10

Duckorange says...

Mick from the rock wrote:
Wykeite wrote:
There is not much time to have major refurbishments to a grade II listed building without even planning permission being granted yet. Looks like another brown envelope day for the council.
And the most corrupt council award in Britain goes too yep WPBC an DCC for the tenth year in a row,backhandsville Arizona,a handfull of business investors will make some money and the Locals as per norm leave with nothing,ask the audience or phone a barrister ?
Absolute disgust for this planning committee,no discusions,no notice,like everything else (especially taking out roundabouts)all knee jerk to try an make a fast buck an when the games have come and gone we are left with a gridlock town (traffic stopping lights etc) and massive debt,as history has proven around the globe,nearly every venue allready used has been left with MASSIVE debts.
What in the name of Satan's parts are you on about? Nothing's been decided yet, no planning permission has been granted, and they're still at the discussions stage.
So much for your so-called "council corruption"
[quote][p][bold]Mick from the rock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wykeite[/bold] wrote: There is not much time to have major refurbishments to a grade II listed building without even planning permission being granted yet. Looks like another brown envelope day for the council.[/p][/quote]And the most corrupt council award in Britain goes too yep WPBC an DCC for the tenth year in a row,backhandsville Arizona,a handfull of business investors will make some money and the Locals as per norm leave with nothing,ask the audience or phone a barrister ? Absolute disgust for this planning committee,no discusions,no notice,like everything else (especially taking out roundabouts)all knee jerk to try an make a fast buck an when the games have come and gone we are left with a gridlock town (traffic stopping lights etc) and massive debt,as history has proven around the globe,nearly every venue allready used has been left with MASSIVE debts.[/p][/quote]What in the name of Satan's parts are you on about? Nothing's been decided yet, no planning permission has been granted, and they're still at the discussions stage. So much for your so-called "council corruption" Duckorange
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5:30pm Sat 24 Jul 10

melcombe boy says...

Dear Mickfromtherock. Could you please try and make at least one point without mentioning roundabouts and traffic lights. You really have made your point about them enough times. They cant be blamed for everything!
Dear Mickfromtherock. Could you please try and make at least one point without mentioning roundabouts and traffic lights. You really have made your point about them enough times. They cant be blamed for everything! melcombe boy
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7:13pm Sat 24 Jul 10

JANEAUSTEN says...

Genghis wrote:
The only thing I would want to see the Council nail down firmly is the commitment to Weymouth Museum. That must be safeguarded without any loopholes in the planning permission. Otherwise we'll see all of the exhibits transferred to the Pavilion to join the TIC.
Thats a good point, I remember the museums former home near the bowling green. We MUST keep a museum in Weymouth, weve got to keep up with Portland! But please no more mention of LUXURY appartments, surely supply is outstripping demand by now - we need affordable appartments for LOCAL young people. ps
Genghis, you might have to start a 'save our museum' campaign.
[quote][p][bold]Genghis[/bold] wrote: The only thing I would want to see the Council nail down firmly is the commitment to Weymouth Museum. That must be safeguarded without any loopholes in the planning permission. Otherwise we'll see all of the exhibits transferred to the Pavilion to join the TIC.[/p][/quote]Thats a good point, I remember the museums former home near the bowling green. We MUST keep a museum in Weymouth, weve got to keep up with Portland! But please no more mention of LUXURY appartments, surely supply is outstripping demand by now - we need affordable appartments for LOCAL young people. ps Genghis, you might have to start a 'save our museum' campaign. JANEAUSTEN
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7:46pm Sat 24 Jul 10

Genghis says...

JANEAUSTEN wrote:
Genghis wrote:
The only thing I would want to see the Council nail down firmly is the commitment to Weymouth Museum. That must be safeguarded without any loopholes in the planning permission. Otherwise we'll see all of the exhibits transferred to the Pavilion to join the TIC.
Thats a good point, I remember the museums former home near the bowling green. We MUST keep a museum in Weymouth, weve got to keep up with Portland! But please no more mention of LUXURY appartments, surely supply is outstripping demand by now - we need affordable appartments for LOCAL young people. ps
Genghis, you might have to start a 'save our museum' campaign.
The Museum by the bowling green was in the old Melcombe Regis school buildings. Don't think there's a need for a Save the Museum campaign at the moment as nothing has been approved yet and the proposals do state that " Weymouth Museum, which is funded and managed by Brewers Quay, will stay in the new facilities and will be given a dedicated museum shop and café." So for now I just want to make sure the Council make that proposal watertight with no loopholes in the planning application.

Luxury apartments on the site? As long as full Council Tax is charged on them I don't really mind. Very unlikely that affordable homes or apartments would ever be part of the plans in that area. I don't think they would generate enough money to help fund the development. But more apartments of any type would seem a bit strange considering the parking (or lack of it) in that area. Won't know until the planning application is lodged.
[quote][p][bold]JANEAUSTEN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Genghis[/bold] wrote: The only thing I would want to see the Council nail down firmly is the commitment to Weymouth Museum. That must be safeguarded without any loopholes in the planning permission. Otherwise we'll see all of the exhibits transferred to the Pavilion to join the TIC.[/p][/quote]Thats a good point, I remember the museums former home near the bowling green. We MUST keep a museum in Weymouth, weve got to keep up with Portland! But please no more mention of LUXURY appartments, surely supply is outstripping demand by now - we need affordable appartments for LOCAL young people. ps Genghis, you might have to start a 'save our museum' campaign.[/p][/quote]The Museum by the bowling green was in the old Melcombe Regis school buildings. Don't think there's a need for a Save the Museum campaign at the moment as nothing has been approved yet and the proposals do state that " Weymouth Museum, which is funded and managed by Brewers Quay, will stay in the new facilities and will be given a dedicated museum shop and café." So for now I just want to make sure the Council make that proposal watertight with no loopholes in the planning application. Luxury apartments on the site? As long as full Council Tax is charged on them I don't really mind. Very unlikely that affordable homes or apartments would ever be part of the plans in that area. I don't think they would generate enough money to help fund the development. But more apartments of any type would seem a bit strange considering the parking (or lack of it) in that area. Won't know until the planning application is lodged. Genghis
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8:29pm Sat 24 Jul 10

Be_Happy says...

Failed shops? Contributes little? have you all only visited once in 20 years and based your opinion on that?
The building is suffering from a lack of investment and is in need of repair but the things in it have been there for 20 years, which does not sound like a failure to me, and Brewers Quay has organised more going on in Weymouth then anyone except the council.
I think that alot of people will badly miss what we have now once its gone! (Especially the tourists, who are the life blood Weymouth)
Failed shops? Contributes little? have you all only visited once in 20 years and based your opinion on that? The building is suffering from a lack of investment and is in need of repair but the things in it have been there for 20 years, which does not sound like a failure to me, and Brewers Quay has organised more going on in Weymouth then anyone except the council. I think that alot of people will badly miss what we have now once its gone! (Especially the tourists, who are the life blood Weymouth) Be_Happy
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10:18pm Sat 24 Jul 10

Atilla says...

Just What Weymouth needs!! yet another under-used hotel, some overpriced "luxury" apartments that no one will buy and a collection of bland retail units that will be occupied (if taken up) by faceless national chains!

In addition there will be a lot of local events that will no longer happen:- The Hope Square Christmas tree and associated "Light up a Life", Victorian show night, Octoberfest and all the other Hope Square events not to mention the loss of all the independant and different small shops in the complex.
Just What Weymouth needs!! yet another under-used hotel, some overpriced "luxury" apartments that no one will buy and a collection of bland retail units that will be occupied (if taken up) by faceless national chains! In addition there will be a lot of local events that will no longer happen:- The Hope Square Christmas tree and associated "Light up a Life", Victorian show night, Octoberfest and all the other Hope Square events not to mention the loss of all the independant and different small shops in the complex. Atilla
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10:26pm Sat 24 Jul 10

dorwey says...

You lot make me larf, more improvements, more whinging.
You lot make me larf, more improvements, more whinging. dorwey
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11:57pm Sat 24 Jul 10

Atilla says...

dorwey wrote:
You lot make me larf, more improvements, more whinging.
"Improvements"?? I don't think so....Just change for the sake of change in the name of the great god Olympics!!
[quote][p][bold]dorwey[/bold] wrote: You lot make me larf, more improvements, more whinging.[/p][/quote]"Improvements"?? I don't think so....Just change for the sake of change in the name of the great god Olympics!! Atilla
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8:31am Sun 25 Jul 10

Mabu says...

Good. The shops there now are boring. The eateries are pretty good, but could be better. Much better idea than the awful lasers!
Good. The shops there now are boring. The eateries are pretty good, but could be better. Much better idea than the awful lasers! Mabu
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10:13am Sun 25 Jul 10

Real Wyke-ite says...

Mick from the rock wrote:
Wykeite wrote: There is not much time to have major refurbishments to a grade II listed building without even planning permission being granted yet. Looks like another brown envelope day for the council.
And the most corrupt council award in Britain goes too yep WPBC an DCC for the tenth year in a row,backhandsville Arizona,a handfull of business investors will make some money and the Locals as per norm leave with nothing,ask the audience or phone a barrister ? Absolute disgust for this planning committee,no discusions,no notice,like everything else (especially taking out roundabouts)all knee jerk to try an make a fast buck an when the games have come and gone we are left with a gridlock town (traffic stopping lights etc) and massive debt,as history has proven around the globe,nearly every venue allready used has been left with MASSIVE debts.
"And the most corrupt council award in Britain goes too yep WPBC an DCC for the tenth year in a row".......
Slightly out there, Mick from the rock, from personal experience the corruption goes back nearly 25 years.
[quote][p][bold]Mick from the rock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wykeite[/bold] wrote: There is not much time to have major refurbishments to a grade II listed building without even planning permission being granted yet. Looks like another brown envelope day for the council.[/p][/quote]And the most corrupt council award in Britain goes too yep WPBC an DCC for the tenth year in a row,backhandsville Arizona,a handfull of business investors will make some money and the Locals as per norm leave with nothing,ask the audience or phone a barrister ? Absolute disgust for this planning committee,no discusions,no notice,like everything else (especially taking out roundabouts)all knee jerk to try an make a fast buck an when the games have come and gone we are left with a gridlock town (traffic stopping lights etc) and massive debt,as history has proven around the globe,nearly every venue allready used has been left with MASSIVE debts.[/p][/quote]"And the most corrupt council award in Britain goes too yep WPBC an DCC for the tenth year in a row"....... Slightly out there, Mick from the rock, from personal experience the corruption goes back nearly 25 years. Real Wyke-ite
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10:52am Sun 25 Jul 10

Islandjim says...

The bottom line is people, this project will only go ahead if the proposed buyer thinks they can get all the works completed before the olympics WHICH THEY CANT!!!
A planning application of this scale (conservation zone, listed building, highways ect...ect) takes years to be propperly put together and even longer to be propperly considered. And by the sounds of the comments its going to be very heavily scrutinised by locals, which is how it should be. And even if the application does get pushed through (back hander's) there is not enough time left before 2012 to do the works. If it was feasable it would have been done years ago!
The bottom line is people, this project will only go ahead if the proposed buyer thinks they can get all the works completed before the olympics WHICH THEY CANT!!! A planning application of this scale (conservation zone, listed building, highways ect...ect) takes years to be propperly put together and even longer to be propperly considered. And by the sounds of the comments its going to be very heavily scrutinised by locals, which is how it should be. And even if the application does get pushed through (back hander's) there is not enough time left before 2012 to do the works. If it was feasable it would have been done years ago! Islandjim
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12:19pm Sun 25 Jul 10

melcombe boy says...

Islandjim wrote:
The bottom line is people, this project will only go ahead if the proposed buyer thinks they can get all the works completed before the olympics WHICH THEY CANT!!! A planning application of this scale (conservation zone, listed building, highways ect...ect) takes years to be propperly put together and even longer to be propperly considered. And by the sounds of the comments its going to be very heavily scrutinised by locals, which is how it should be. And even if the application does get pushed through (back hander's) there is not enough time left before 2012 to do the works. If it was feasable it would have been done years ago!
"Takes years to put properly together and even longer to be properly considered?"
By your own assumptions it would take over 4 years in the planning phase alone. I accept local planning can be bureaucratic and pedestrian but even WPBC are more efficient than that.
A lot of preapplicatipon work including liaising with the Council will also have already been done.
It is a tight timescale but there still are two years until the Olympics. Plenty of time.
[quote][p][bold]Islandjim[/bold] wrote: The bottom line is people, this project will only go ahead if the proposed buyer thinks they can get all the works completed before the olympics WHICH THEY CANT!!! A planning application of this scale (conservation zone, listed building, highways ect...ect) takes years to be propperly put together and even longer to be propperly considered. And by the sounds of the comments its going to be very heavily scrutinised by locals, which is how it should be. And even if the application does get pushed through (back hander's) there is not enough time left before 2012 to do the works. If it was feasable it would have been done years ago![/p][/quote]"Takes years to put properly together and even longer to be properly considered?" By your own assumptions it would take over 4 years in the planning phase alone. I accept local planning can be bureaucratic and pedestrian but even WPBC are more efficient than that. A lot of preapplicatipon work including liaising with the Council will also have already been done. It is a tight timescale but there still are two years until the Olympics. Plenty of time. melcombe boy
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12:53pm Sun 25 Jul 10

Islandjim says...

I am not doubting that it is possible in the time scale, nor am i saying that i wouldnt like to see a possitive development of the site. But two years is just cutting it abit fine in my view. This planning application is going to be abit more complex than afew elevations and floorplans submited with a two paragraph D&A statment, and i dont think people are going to let it slip through unchallenged, myself being one of them! Afew months for one decision, another few months for somthing else, before you know 2013 is knocking on the door, need i mention the pavilion, or the debenhams site!
I am not doubting that it is possible in the time scale, nor am i saying that i wouldnt like to see a possitive development of the site. But two years is just cutting it abit fine in my view. This planning application is going to be abit more complex than afew elevations and floorplans submited with a two paragraph D&A statment, and i dont think people are going to let it slip through unchallenged, myself being one of them! Afew months for one decision, another few months for somthing else, before you know 2013 is knocking on the door, need i mention the pavilion, or the debenhams site! Islandjim
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4:33pm Sun 25 Jul 10

JANEAUSTEN says...

Yes, please DO mention the Pavilion, Jim. I love the fact that we've got a theatre, even though the building is a bit past it. Eastbourne, Brighton, Bournemouth, even Exmouth has a theatre - and to lose it would be a big mistake.
Yes, please DO mention the Pavilion, Jim. I love the fact that we've got a theatre, even though the building is a bit past it. Eastbourne, Brighton, Bournemouth, even Exmouth has a theatre - and to lose it would be a big mistake. JANEAUSTEN
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4:52pm Sun 25 Jul 10

JANEAUSTEN says...

Sorry, I forgot - not to mention Bridport, Lyme Regis, Sidmouth, Torquay ........
Sorry, I forgot - not to mention Bridport, Lyme Regis, Sidmouth, Torquay ........ JANEAUSTEN
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12:44pm Mon 26 Jul 10

jollybaggins says...

It would be nice to think that before planning consent be given for any more luxury accomodation in Weymouth, the rather large, currently half built and abandoned luxury developement at the side of Lodmoor car park would have been completed and the units sold?
Or shall we just put that down to wishful thinking as usual?
It would be nice to think that before planning consent be given for any more luxury accomodation in Weymouth, the rather large, currently half built and abandoned luxury developement at the side of Lodmoor car park would have been completed and the units sold? Or shall we just put that down to wishful thinking as usual? jollybaggins
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1:16pm Tue 27 Jul 10

hootboot says...

Must be good news although we wait and see exactly what they intend to put in there. Weymouth needs tidying up big time, it could look so attractive and the innards of Brewers Quay is no exception along with the Pavilion Theatre and some areas around the main shopping precinct. Lets try and attract people who don't come here to get drunk.
Must be good news although we wait and see exactly what they intend to put in there. Weymouth needs tidying up big time, it could look so attractive and the innards of Brewers Quay is no exception along with the Pavilion Theatre and some areas around the main shopping precinct. Lets try and attract people who don't come here to get drunk. hootboot
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1:28pm Tue 27 Jul 10

VampireFlux says...

About time too. Brewer's Quay is a complete waste in Weymouth - it's such a beautiful and historic building, yet filled with rubbish - a nic-nac shop, a toy shop, a dressing up shop, a depressing cafe, a tourist shop...rubbish! The retailers have been struggling for years and it's about time they moved on to make this place a focal point of the town again. A hotel will be fine - we could do with some local boutiques and a nice cafe (but please avoid more clone town shops if poss), and there's plenty of parking out the back. The Excise House is a fun, but grotty pub. Revamp it, but keep the live music.
About time too. Brewer's Quay is a complete waste in Weymouth - it's such a beautiful and historic building, yet filled with rubbish - a nic-nac shop, a toy shop, a dressing up shop, a depressing cafe, a tourist shop...rubbish! The retailers have been struggling for years and it's about time they moved on to make this place a focal point of the town again. A hotel will be fine - we could do with some local boutiques and a nice cafe (but please avoid more clone town shops if poss), and there's plenty of parking out the back. The Excise House is a fun, but grotty pub. Revamp it, but keep the live music. VampireFlux
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1:29pm Tue 27 Jul 10

VampireFlux says...

Oh, and the Time walk of course...every town should have its history narrated by cats!!!
Oh, and the Time walk of course...every town should have its history narrated by cats!!! VampireFlux
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1:34pm Tue 27 Jul 10

Seph says...

It would be good if the ground floor could be kept the same, with the nice little shops that are there now. At least they are different to the standard chain highstreet shops. It is long overdue that the run down mini ten pin ally was got rid of. As for the upper floors which, as far as I know are unusable shells at the minute, why not use the wasted space. A restaurant at the top overlooking Weymouth could be quite an attraction. I can see good and bad points to this plan. If it’s done properly it would be good.....
It would be good if the ground floor could be kept the same, with the nice little shops that are there now. At least they are different to the standard chain highstreet shops. It is long overdue that the run down mini ten pin ally was got rid of. As for the upper floors which, as far as I know are unusable shells at the minute, why not use the wasted space. A restaurant at the top overlooking Weymouth could be quite an attraction. I can see good and bad points to this plan. If it’s done properly it would be good..... Seph
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10:25am Wed 28 Jul 10

Be_Happy says...

VampireFlux wrote:
About time too. Brewer's Quay is a complete waste in Weymouth - it's such a beautiful and historic building, yet filled with rubbish - a nic-nac shop, a toy shop, a dressing up shop, a depressing cafe, a tourist shop...rubbish! The retailers have been struggling for years and it's about time they moved on to make this place a focal point of the town again. A hotel will be fine - we could do with some local boutiques and a nice cafe (but please avoid more clone town shops if poss), and there's plenty of parking out the back. The Excise House is a fun, but grotty pub. Revamp it, but keep the live music.
*Sigh*
Another comment for comments sake - when was the last time you visited the Quay? There is no toy shop, dressing up shop, tourist shop etc.
There are a nice selection of retailers that are something different from the high street, a credit to a small seaside tourist town.
I bet you will not get anything like that again if the Quay is 'redeveloped', infact until the plans are made public I would hold off from ditching what we have incase it turns into another hotel failure like the one at Southwell.
[quote][p][bold]VampireFlux[/bold] wrote: About time too. Brewer's Quay is a complete waste in Weymouth - it's such a beautiful and historic building, yet filled with rubbish - a nic-nac shop, a toy shop, a dressing up shop, a depressing cafe, a tourist shop...rubbish! The retailers have been struggling for years and it's about time they moved on to make this place a focal point of the town again. A hotel will be fine - we could do with some local boutiques and a nice cafe (but please avoid more clone town shops if poss), and there's plenty of parking out the back. The Excise House is a fun, but grotty pub. Revamp it, but keep the live music.[/p][/quote]*Sigh* Another comment for comments sake - when was the last time you visited the Quay? There is no toy shop, dressing up shop, tourist shop etc. There are a nice selection of retailers that are something different from the high street, a credit to a small seaside tourist town. I bet you will not get anything like that again if the Quay is 'redeveloped', infact until the plans are made public I would hold off from ditching what we have incase it turns into another hotel failure like the one at Southwell. Be_Happy
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1:21pm Wed 28 Jul 10

Tremendous Eddie Tremendouson says...

Be_Happy wrote:
VampireFlux wrote: About time too. Brewer's Quay is a complete waste in Weymouth - it's such a beautiful and historic building, yet filled with rubbish - a nic-nac shop, a toy shop, a dressing up shop, a depressing cafe, a tourist shop...rubbish! The retailers have been struggling for years and it's about time they moved on to make this place a focal point of the town again. A hotel will be fine - we could do with some local boutiques and a nice cafe (but please avoid more clone town shops if poss), and there's plenty of parking out the back. The Excise House is a fun, but grotty pub. Revamp it, but keep the live music.
*Sigh* Another comment for comments sake - when was the last time you visited the Quay? There is no toy shop, dressing up shop, tourist shop etc. There are a nice selection of retailers that are something different from the high street, a credit to a small seaside tourist town. I bet you will not get anything like that again if the Quay is 'redeveloped', infact until the plans are made public I would hold off from ditching what we have incase it turns into another hotel failure like the one at Southwell.
You can't even compare the two. Southwell is out on a limb, miles from nowhere and Brewers Quay is in a prime position, right in the centre of the population.

There is loads of upper-floor space that is not even being utilised either.

I am broadly in favour of the scheme but would like to see the detailed plans first.
[quote][p][bold]Be_Happy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VampireFlux[/bold] wrote: About time too. Brewer's Quay is a complete waste in Weymouth - it's such a beautiful and historic building, yet filled with rubbish - a nic-nac shop, a toy shop, a dressing up shop, a depressing cafe, a tourist shop...rubbish! The retailers have been struggling for years and it's about time they moved on to make this place a focal point of the town again. A hotel will be fine - we could do with some local boutiques and a nice cafe (but please avoid more clone town shops if poss), and there's plenty of parking out the back. The Excise House is a fun, but grotty pub. Revamp it, but keep the live music.[/p][/quote]*Sigh* Another comment for comments sake - when was the last time you visited the Quay? There is no toy shop, dressing up shop, tourist shop etc. There are a nice selection of retailers that are something different from the high street, a credit to a small seaside tourist town. I bet you will not get anything like that again if the Quay is 'redeveloped', infact until the plans are made public I would hold off from ditching what we have incase it turns into another hotel failure like the one at Southwell.[/p][/quote]You can't even compare the two. Southwell is out on a limb, miles from nowhere and Brewers Quay is in a prime position, right in the centre of the population. There is loads of upper-floor space that is not even being utilised either. I am broadly in favour of the scheme but would like to see the detailed plans first. Tremendous Eddie Tremendouson
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8:59pm Wed 28 Jul 10

acop40 says...

"It is described as an ‘inspiring’ and ‘prestigious’ project that will transform the face of Weymouth."
This will fit in really well with all the trailer parks then won't it. Olympics= Waste Waste Waste.
Still at a time when our country has so much spare cash to burn I don' suppose it really matters.
"It is described as an ‘inspiring’ and ‘prestigious’ project that will transform the face of Weymouth." This will fit in really well with all the trailer parks then won't it. Olympics= Waste Waste Waste. Still at a time when our country has so much spare cash to burn I don' suppose it really matters. acop40
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