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Fountain bar will be an addition to Great Yarmouth's heritage

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 January 2016

An artist's impression of what the landmark  fountain bar will look like.

An artist's impression of what the landmark fountain bar will look like.

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Pioneering plans for a unique fountain bar in Great Yarmouth's St George's Park have taken a step forward after a planning application was submitted.

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The bar, complete with a working rooftop water feature, is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.

It will form the centrepiece of art group Seachange’s vision to create a cultural corridor linking the seafront, King Street and historic South Quay and will be decorated to celebrate seaside heritage.

Darren Cross communications director for Seachange said he hoped the thoroughfare would rival Regent Road as a busy tourist hub, offering an alternative highway to the town’s heritage and cultural gems.

He said plans for the bar, put forward by a team including artist, Mark Copeland, Jeremy Stacey Architects, and Peter Garner Mechanical Services were well-advanced but needed some refinement.

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Architects, artists and local schools and groups had worked on the vision - inspired by a chance encounter with a similar, more mobile, structure, on the continent.

The building in the centre of the town’s main park will be a destination and a work of art in itself as well as offering alfresco refreshments within sight of the popular play area.

Billed as a relaxed and family-friendly cafe, and stop-off point for exploring the town, it was hoped the bar would open at Easter- a timescale which has now been pushed back.

Mr Cross said: “The basic idea is that it will be a kiosk-type building that is semi-permanent. It will be put up at Easter then removed around September/October time and will be designed so it closes up securely.

“When it opens up there will be a pretty fountain erupting from the roof that is constantly recycled. It will be artistically designed firstly as a cafe/bar but also as an attractive piece of art.

“We have been working with an architect and a couple of artists and a metal fabricator who will build the structure. The architect has come up with a design that the artists will decorate. It is a be-spoke piece of architecture and it is complicated making it work.”

Seachange was last year awarded a £1.5m Arts Council grant to kick-start plans to upgrade its HQ - The Drill House in York Road - into a “circus creation centre.”

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