£2.1million Torquay promenade project to begin this month
Work on a £2.1-million project to redevelop the banjo adjoining Torquay's Princess Gardens gets under way at the end of October.
Following a tendering process, Torbay Council has awarded the contract to Dawnus Construction Ltd, who earlier this year carried out the Phase 1 restoration of the adjoining Princess Promenade and who successfully installed the suspended walkways and landscaping at the nearby Royal Terrace Gardens.
The Phase 2 work, starting on Monday 29 October, will see the demolition of the existing two level banjo and its replacement with a wider single level structure.
There will be disabled access into the sunken garden through to the banjo, and concrete repairs will be carried out to the Eastern Promenade columns and beams.
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A technical system known as cathodic protection will be installed to minimise any future corrosion of the structure.
Stairs that are suitable for less able members of the public will be built from both Eastern and Western Promenades.
The scheme is due to be completed next June. The banjo and the sunken garden will be closed while work is in progress, but the recently opened Eastern Promenade will remain open.
Torbay's Mayor, Gordon Oliver, said: "I was extremely pleased to cut a ribbon in June to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the restoration of the Princess Promenade, which is in a prime location popular with local residents and visitors to the Bay.
"My colleagues and I are very keen to see the full restoration of the Promenade as part of our election promise and to keep this area of public open space, free of any buildings, I have also been keen to follow up this scheme with a project that will improve the whole Princess Gardens area, including the banjo.
"The Princess Promenade project provided work for approximately 20 people for four months. I am pleased that this Phase 2 scheme will enable Dawnus Construction once again to provide jobs, this time for about eight months."
The first week of the work will involve surveying. Major works begin on November 5.