Step in right direction at last for seafront Pavilion

Torbay Weekly

Torquay's iconic Pavillion has taken a massive step towards a return to its former glory.

Councillors have agreed to carry out multi-million-pound restoration works on the seafront buiding as predicted in last week's Torbay Weekly.

The grade II listed Pavilion, which first opened in 1912, needs extensive repairs to restore its corroding steel support structure, fix numerous cracks and mend its damaged plasterwork.

Once the work is done, the building, which has been closed for decades, will be washed to give it a sparkling clean appearance.

The decision by the council’s planning committee represents yet another turn of fortune for the historic building, which was scheduled for demolition in 1976 only to be granted listed building status later that year.

The restoration will involve exposing the building’s internal steel frame as well as the repair of its facades.

Much of the damage has been done by water getting inside the structure, partly located on land reclaimed from the sea.

During the restoration process, extensive scaffolding will be placed around the sides and the roof of the building, which is expected to cover some of a neighbouring car park.

Work will be done to assess the extent of the internal damage to the building.

Before unanimously approving the scheme, councillors said officers should look into options for an aesthetically appropriate covering to be placed over the scaffolding. As council leader Steve Darling summarised in reference to an old quote by Prince Charles about a new wing to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square: “We don’t want a carbuncle on the face of Torbay harbourside.”

Restoration could cost between £7.2 and £10.3 million. Around £1.75 million will come from the Towns Fund, with the remainder split between the council and the leaseholder, MDL.