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Worthing Pier's Southern Pavilion set for major facelift
2:00pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A major overhaul of Worthing's famous pier is expected to be given the go-ahead.
Councillors on Worthing Borough Council have been advised to approve plans to renovate the 1930s art deco Southern Pavilion on Worthing Pier.
Businessman Phillip Duckett was the local authority’s preferred bidder to take on the site and has proposed to transform the Grade II listed building into a venue for weddings, business events, and private parties as well as a café and tea rooms.
It is expected that the proposal would create up to 15 jobs.
Brides could be transported in golf buggies along the pier to get to the venue as part of the plans for the former nightclub.
The new designs propose restoring the original historic character of the art deco interior while a modern false ceiling to the hall will be removed to expose the original plaster ceiling.
Mr Duckett estimates the makeover would take about four months and would cost up to £130,000 with the borough council also stumping up £90,000 for improvements to the exterior of the Grade II listed building.
A report drawn up by planning officers concludes: “The proposed development will support local economic growth and will enhance the tourist and leisure offer of the town centre by delivering a high quality destination venue/visitor attraction in a key location.”
A final decision on the proposals will be made by the council’s planning committee tomorrow.
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