15 November 2017

Transformation of Weston-super-Mare’s iconic Winter Gardens

The multi-million pound plan to create a brighter future for Weston-super-Mare's Winter Gardens has been completed.

The Weston College Group commissioned Midas Construction to create the new Law and Professional Services Academy and an additional learning space for University Centre Weston at the seafront site, while restoring the iconic ballroom to its former glory.

Derek Quinn, Executive Director for Midas Construction met on site with Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College, to formally mark the completion of the project and its handover to the College.

The redevelopment and modernisation of the building has included replacing part of it with a new two-storey extension containing lecture theatres, seminar rooms, meeting and conference spaces and offices.

The Winter Gardens historic 1920s pavilion and ballroom, along with many original features, have been restored to their former glory and will be available for use by the local community, complete with a new restaurant, seating area, meeting rooms and reception. Outside, the famous Italian Gardens have also been preserved and upgraded, including the water feature.

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College, said: 

“I am delighted with the end result, these new facilities will offer our students first-class facilities and provide the best education possible.

“Throughout the project our students have been involved, from placements with Midas to designing the new Winter Gardens logo. Here at Weston College, we put our students first in everything we do, and so it was of utmost importance that they could feel involved in such a huge project that will go on to benefit them and the local area.

“Weston-super-Mare has undergone huge investment lately and the College’s continued investment in facilities are further contributing to the regeneration of the town and surrounding areas, not just by providing outstanding training for the local workforce but also through projects such as the Winter Gardens development which offer a place open and available for public use.”

Derek Quinn, Executive Director for Midas Construction, part of the Midas Group, said: “I am immensely proud of the work carried out by Midas Construction to provide a modern and exciting new academy while sympathetically renovating the pavilion and ballroom and external features. This is a much-loved space that the community will be able to continue to use and enjoy for years to come.”

This latest development continues a strong partnership between Weston College and Midas, working closely together on a number of projects including the Engineering Centre on the college’s South West Skills Campus, a scheme which was shortlisted for the Best Educational Building award at the Building Excellence Awards.

Derek Quinn added: “This build is one of a growing number completed to a high standard for Weston College by Midas Construction and once again highlights the strong working partnership that has grown between our two organisations.”

At its peak, the major development saw a team of 130 on site per day, totting up 11,000 work days in total.

As part of its drive to leave lasting legacies in the communities it works in, Midas also completed work placements for a number of college students, supported 16 apprentices as they learned more about the construction trade, welcomed two graduates on site and also held tours for students to visit the development as it took shape.

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