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Surf’s up for Colwyn Bay Watersports centre

31 October 2011 No Comment

Seaside planners have approved a multi-million pound watersports centre for Colwyn Bay seafront, North Wales.

In an attempt to boost tourism at the coastal resort, the £3 million Hotspot centre will act as a safehaven for watersports enthusiasts. Each wing of the new building offer will offer facilities such as a café, changing rooms, showers, boat stores, equipment workshops and shops.


Waterfront building development

Groundworks have already begun on site, with Liverpool-based architects K2 extending the current promenade to form a platform for the new centre. The project is expected to be finished in its entirety by January 2012, North Wales Weekly reports.

Bay Life+ regeneration programme

The centre, located 500m east an existing pier between Old Colwyn and Cayley Promenade at Rhos-on-Sea, is being specially developed as part of the Bay Life+ regeneration programme, which also incorporates improving coastal defences.

Buildings elevations will be clad with metal cladding

Because the waterfront building will be exposed to the elements, certain design elements were chosen. For example, standing six metres proud, some of the buildings elevations will be clad with metal cladding. This will both protect the structure and also give it a “chameleon-like ability to change colour with the weather,” as K2’s planning application explains.

Cited by Conwy.gov.uk, the report says that Hotspot’s exteriors will reflect

“a bright warm shimmer on a sunny day,” whilst becoming “dark and brooding on a miserable day, constantly shifting on windy overcast days,” and adds that it will “take on a glow of oranges and gold at sunrise and sunset.”

The application also proposes new parking spaces for cars and motorcycles, as well as the addition of a children’s play area, seating, outdoor showers and rigging area.

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