The first phase of a project to extend the life of the buildings on the Hoe Foreshore has been finished in time for the Bank Holiday weekend.
The Council authorised £1 million capital investment for the programme of urgent repairs to the foreshore in January, after surveys identified damage to the Bathing Houses and Sun Terraces as well as several areas on the winding paths that needed stabilising and strengthening works.
The Tinside Bathing Houses and Arcaded Sun Terraces are the oldest buildings on the foreshore area and form an integral part of the paths and walkways. The buildings were finished in 1913 and are a unique focal point of the foreshore area until the Lido was constructed in 1935, both of which are within the Plymouth Hoe Conservation Area.
Councillor Mike Leaves, Cabinet Member for Streetscene said: “This is such a popular and unique part of Plymouth’s waterfront, so I’m really pleased we have been able to get these works completed in time for the Easter break. I’d like to personally thank both High Tech services and JNE for pulling out all the stops to get these works completed on time.”
The phase one works got underway in January and included strengthening, conservation and repair of existing the structures and sea walls which were damaged by the winter storms. The restoration works were led by the Council’s Facilities Management Team, directed and supervised by the Historic Building Consultants, High–Tech Services and the works undertaken by JNE Construction
The Council, together with the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership Business Improvement District (BID), is working to make the waterfront a cleaner, better maintained and more vibrant destination with increased opportunities for local jobs and recreation.
Chris Arscott, Chairman of Plymouth Waterfront Partnership said: “We’re delighted to have worked with our partners at Plymouth City Council and see this hugely important work successfully completed, as this area has been a primary concern for Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and our Waterfront BID businesses.
“Plymouth City Council finishing this phase of the Hoe Foreshore improvements in advance of the Easter weekend is fantastic, particularly with the excellent weather forecast; we look forward to seeing many visitors and residents enjoying Plymouth’s stunning Waterfront”
Although the majority of the works are complete some additional repairs will continue on the upper levels over the coming summer months so members of the public can still enjoy the area, before work continues at the end of the season to complete the upper levels over the winter period.