The Wirral’s New Brighton redevelopment moves into Phase 2 with a £35m
contract awarded to contractors Bowmer and Kirkland to develop new infrastructure and
services around the Floral Pavilion Theatre and Conference Centre.
The new contract
follows the £60m invested in the 800-seat Floral Pavilion and Conference Centre
during Phase 1.
All the new construction will be complete by summer 2011, according to developers
Neptune. Director Rob
Mason says: “We hope the start on site will be a great Christmas present for
the people of New Brighton.”
development manager for Wirral Council, Ann Wells, says: “The Floral Pavilion
Theatre and Conference Centre has been a resounding success in its first year
and we are naturally very proud. Neptune’s plans for Phase 2 of its New Brighton regeneration
scheme are particularly exciting, as they will enhance our offering as a
conference venue with the creation of a new 66-bed hotel, bars, restaurants and
digital cinema. We already have confirmed bookings for 2010 and we expect
conference bookings to increase further as the complementary elements of Phase
2 start to open.”
Before the new Floral Pavilion was opened
in December 2008 last year, the old building attracted 64,300 visitors, while in the first nine months of 2009 a total of
165,000 people visited the centre.