Work underway on water feature bar
PUBLISHED: 10:30 12 August 2016
Contractors have moved in paving the way for a centrepiece fountain bar in Great Yarmouth's St George's Park.
The be-spoke structure which will be decorated with art work is being built in Cornwall and will be transported to the town in the next week.
Tests will then take place off-site before it is installed close to the popular children’s play area.
Seachange, the arts group behind the £100,000 attraction, said this week they were unable to be certain about dates but hoped the cafe/bar would be in place and in full working order before the Out There Festival kicks off next month.
Communications director Darren Cross said the project had been a long time coming because it was so unique.
“The motivation came from wanting to bring the park to life,” he said. “We wanted to provide a bit of a centrepiece for the park and we were acutely aware of a lack of nice family establishments away from the seafront.
“It will bring a European cafe culture feel and provide a nice spot to chill out and have a panini while the kids run around.”
He said the fountain itself was a complicated bit of equipment and that organisers wanted to “have a play” with the mechanism to be sure everything worked as it should before going live.
Meanwhile the skeleton of the building had been designed in Cornwall and would be put together like a giant Meccano kit.
Once in place art work “loosely celebrating a quirky seaside heritage” will adorn the building.
The plans were first revealed just over a year ago and the bar with working roof top water feature is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.
The architect-designed structure is billed as a destination as well as a work of art in itself.
It is set to help the resort to further cement its growing reputation as a centre for arts, culture and heritage, complementing the seaside and drawing people to St George’s and King Street.
Initially it was hoped the bar would open at Easter and for the summer season.