Building on the Dismaland legacy

Councillors will meet next week to decide whether to give the go-ahead to an additional programme of building improvements at the former Tropicana building in Weston-super-Mare.

The report to be considered by North Somerset Council on Tuesday (10 November) says the proposed works “would enable the former outdoor multi-use pool area and enclosed bowling alley area to accommodate events safely”.

The report goes on to say: “Hosting Dismaland at the site has demonstrated its potential as a venue for arts and entertainment. It is recommended that the council now brings forward a minimum programme of works to allow the opportunity to capitalise on the legacy created by the Dismaland event.

“The event has created significant interest and associated proposals for events at the site and Weston-super-Mare as a whole, which will allow the council an opportunity to establish the role that a vibrant multi-use arts and entertainment venue can play in the wider regeneration proposals for the town as a centre for learning, living and lifestyle.

“This would allow the site to be preserved and utilised until such time as a longer term proposal be secured.”

Councillors are also being asked to approve a sum of £550,000 from earmarked reserves to support the proposed works.

The scope of the works is yet to be finalised but is likely to include covering the rear area of the site in a surface which will allow the space to be used safely and would also protect the remains of the former pool structure; providing glazing to windows/doors in the bowling alley to make the space weather tight; the provision of a simple heating and lighting system; and other external finishes and repairs.

If given the go-ahead on Tuesday, a report detailing the specific works will go to Cllr David Pasley, executive member for HR, Asset Management and Finance, for approval.

Following Dismaland, the council already has plans in place for other events and exhibitions at the seafront venue over the next few months. Details of these will be announced shortly.​