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Opening date proposed for ‘temperate plant house’ in iconic Winter Gardens

PUBLISHED: 16:41 28 November 2017

The 80-metre long display, surrounding the Grade II-listed Winter Gardens, on South Beach Parade, features beautifully-shot historic photographs, tourism posters from different eras and fascinating facts.

Picture: James Bass

The 80-metre long display, surrounding the Grade II-listed Winter Gardens, on South Beach Parade, features beautifully-shot historic photographs, tourism posters from different eras and fascinating facts. Picture: James Bass

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More details have emerged about what is planned at Great Yarmouth’s iconic Winter Gardens.

The Winter Gardens in Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James Bass The Winter Gardens in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

Members of the borough council’s powerful policy and resources committee are meeting tonight to give the final nod to officers to progress the application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Papers being presented to the committee reveal more about what is planned at the derelict glass house, a Grade II* building that is considered “at risk” by Historic England.

They show a mixture of “multi-purpose end uses” to include education, conference and entertainment in a “temperate plant house.”

Artists impressions submitted in support of the bid show an abundance of green with a cafe and classroom.

An artist's impression of what the ground floor could look like at the Winter Gardens. Photo: Great Yarmouth Borough Council An artist's impression of what the ground floor could look like at the Winter Gardens. Photo: Great Yarmouth Borough Council

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The application deadline is Friday December 1.

According to the timetable the council can expect to find out in April next year if they win stage one approval under the annual “major batch” fund.

If successful the £12,400,582 project could be finished and ready to open in February 2023.

The report says: “It is proposed that the established vision is of a restored, celebrated, animated and loved Winter Gardens, known nationally as an exemplar project and making a measurable difference to the lives of local people and communities.”

An artist's impression of the design options for the first floor at the Winter Gardens. Photo: Great Yarmouth Borough Council An artist's impression of the design options for the first floor at the Winter Gardens. Photo: Great Yarmouth Borough Council

The meeting is at 6.30pm in the Supper Room at Yarmouth Town Hall.

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