Work starting on £2.1m banjo and prom project
WORK will start on Monday on the next phase of Torquay's £2.1million promenade facelift.
The existing two-level circular banjo will be demolished and replaced with a wider, single-level structure in the second phase of the works.
Stairs that are suitable for less-abled people will be built from both eastern and western promenades.
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 system known as cathodic protection will be installed to minimise any future corrosion of the structure.
The contract was awarded to Dawnus Construction Ltd, which earlier this year carried out the phase one restoration of the nearby Princess promenade and carried out work at Rock Walk. The promenade work is due for completion 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 mayor Gordon Oliver said he and his colleagues are keen to see the full restoration of the promenade and to keep this area of public open space, free of any buildings.
He said: "I have also been keen to follow up this scheme with a project to improve the whole Princess Gardens area, including the banjo."
Mr Oliver said the project will provide jobs for about eight months.
Work has also started on general maintenance to Torquay's outer harbour. A council spokesman said contractors are removing any loose or blown concrete and replacing it. It is expected to take a couple of weeks.