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The Weymouth Seafront Regeneration Programme was shortlisted for three regeneration awards. The £3.5m scheme was:

  • ‘Highly commended’ in the ‘Schemes on the Ground’ category in the Royal Town Planning Institute’s South West Awards
  • Shortlisted for ‘Excellence of Planning & Design for the Public Realm’ in the Royal Town Planning Institute’s National Award for Planning Excellence 2013
  • Shortlisted for a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors South West & Wales Regeneration Award

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, together with Dorset County Council Highways, English Heritage, the Arts Council and private sector businesses, funded and delivered a programme of work to significantly improve Weymouth seafront.

The project aimed to improve the local historic environment, the quality of life for residents and enhance visitors’ experiences of the seafront. Cllr Mike Goodman, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Management Committee Chairman, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Weymouth’s seafront improvements have been ‘highly commended’ in one award and shortlisted for another two national and regional awards. It demonstrates that here in Dorset, we are delivering high quality regeneration projects that will have lasting benefits. “Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games last year provided the drive for delivering and completing the scheme and the fact that the area was hosting the Games brought in over £1m from English Heritage and the Arts Council. “The seafront was the focal point for the many visitors to the borough in Games time and together with the Live Site, Sports Arena and images of the beach and esplanade being screened across the globe, it was important these improvements were made. I hope that returning and new visitors to the borough enjoy the improvements to our fantastic seafront.” Improvements delivered as part of the regeneration scheme include:

  • Restoration of the George III statue, as well as the statues of Queen Victoria and Henry Edwards and the Jubilee Clock
  • Creation of new sitting out areas to enhance the Esplanade experience and boost local business
  • New privately owned dual servery ‘boat’ kiosks
  • New highway lighting, as well as refurbished and relocated Victorian lighting columns
  • The artist led seafront lighting scheme known as The Light Veils
  • A new sand sculpture arena on Weymouth Beach
  • 500 new deckchairs along Weymouth Esplanade designed by residents of Weymouth and Portland
  • Restoration and lighting of the Victorian shelters and more

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