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Bridlington Spa set for makeover

06/12/2005

6 December 2005

Bridlington Spa is set to undergo a multi-million pound redevelopment programme after almost £4 million of support from Yorkshire Forward was announced today as part of a partnership funding programme between the regional development agency, European Regional Development Fund and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The £3.94 million contribution forms part of Yorkshire Forward’s commitment to the regeneration of Bridlington as part of its Urban Renaissance programme.
The Spa project forms an important aspect of the Bridlington Regeneration Strategy, a 10 year programme to transform Bridlington with upwards of £50 million of investment and the creation of 2,500 new jobs.
It is hoped that the modernisation of facilities at the complex, which is owned and operated by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, will help boost tourist numbers to the town, contribute to the regeneration of the economy and set the ball rolling for continued renaissance activities.
£12 million worth of funds for the project are now in place as Objective 2 European Development Funds totalling £4.2 million and £3.9 million from East Riding of Yorkshire Council joins the Yorkshire Forward contribution.
Major elements of the project include;
- New main entrance and associated alterations to the South Marine     Drive elevation
  
- Remodeling the north end of the building, involving the removal of the single storey offices and construction of a much more compact two- storey conference suite

-  Addition of new glazed bays to the promenade elevation (including replacement of the yellow brick section)
 
- New infill to the façade of the Royal Hall

- Wholesale repair, refurbishment and renewal of the external element of the building including doors and windows.
 It is hoped that work on the development will begin in the New Year and be completed by July 2007
Don Stewart, Executive Director for People at Yorkshire Forward commented:
“The redevelopment of the Spa shows what can be done in partnership but it is only a taster of what could happen with a marina development. We are committed to continuing wider discussions about the regeneration of the town centre and harbour, and want to press all parties to get on board with the renaissance of Bridlington. ”
Alison Biddulph, Director of the European Secretariat, Government office for Yorkshire and The Humber said:
“We are delighted that European Structural Funds will help refurbish, update and improve the facilities at Bridlington Spa, which is an important and valued amenity in the area.
Its restoration will once more allow the Spa to host events of national and international repute. This will consolidate Bridlington’s position as an important centre of tourism and bring added investment to the town’s economy.”
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:
 
"Yorkshire Forward's support is excellent news and we are very grateful for their support , together with funding from European Regional Development Fund and East Riding of Yorkshire  Council.  The scheme is a complete re-fit and upgrade that will transform the Spa and enable it to meet the high standards demanded by top events and conferences.

“The work will extend the conference season, expand business tourism and re-establish the East Riding's premier entertainment venue as a landmark building.
"Despite challenges in the past, this shows our commitment to the regeneration of Bridlington."
Notes to editors:
1. Over the past year, Yorkshire Forward has achieved its best ever performance, creating or safeguarding more than 16,000 new jobs; creating and attracting more than 700 new businesses, providing more than 47,000 learning opportunities and reclaiming more than 140 hectares of brownfield land - achieving or exceeding all of the targets it was set.
2. Yorkshire Forward’s investment across the region is maximised by attracting European Regional Development Funding from the Objective One and Two programmes.
3. For further information, please contact Tori Wilkinson, Press Officer, Yorkshire Forward on 0113 394 9710; fax 0113 234 9904; e-mail victoria.wilkinson@yorkshire-forward.com