The project to refurbish the buildings on Plymouth’s historic Hoe Foreshore will be finished for the Easter weekend.
The Council has invested close to £1 million for the extensive programme of repairs at Tinside Cove since January 2017 after surveys identified damage to the Bathing Houses and Sun Terraces as well as several areas in the paths that needed stabilising and strengthening works.
This part of the Hoe Foreshore features a number of Edwardian buildings, paths and bathing areas. The Tinside Bathing House and Arcaded Sun Terrace were constructed in 1913 and formed the main focus for the area providing changing rooms, sun terraces and tea rooms before the construction of the Lido in 1935.
The area had deteriorated due to storm damage which resulted in the partial loss of the sea wall, steps to the foreshore and damage to the roofs of the buildings which form part of the interconnecting walkways to the foreshore area.
Work has included the introduction of new heavy duty storm doors to make the ground floor units secure. These units will soon be available to let to businesses including for water sport equipment storage.
Councillor Mike Leaves, Cabinet Member for Strategic Streetscene and Environment said: “I am delighted that this glorious feature of the waterfront has been restored. It’s vital that we maintain these buildings and we are able to share our rich history with visitors during Mayflower 400 in 2020 and beyond.”
The Council, together with the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership Business Improvement District is working to make the waterfront a cleaner, better maintained and more vibrant destination with increased opportunities for local jobs and recreation.
Sarah Gibson Waterfront Manager and Chief Executive of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership said: “The Hoe Foreshore is an important asset for Britain’s Ocean City and the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership’s greatest priority for investment. We applaud the Council’s proactive commitment to repairing these buildings and pathways and look forward to seeing more people enjoy this unique location.”