Integrated Development Plan
Form of Contract
The program came into being when the council recognized the importance of the coastal economy, and in an attempt to diversify and attract more tourists, the IDP scheme was created.
An Events Control building was constructed at the Arena using innovative design and materials and providing a focus for Arena visitors and offices for Arena management. General Infrastructure included pedestrian access, high quality perimeter mounding and landscaping (to ensure noise attenuation for surrounding residential and tourist accommodation) and public art. Also, the formation of a Piazza to craft units' area.
The Craft Units were built to a high quality, BREEAM - very good standard close to the Events Arena. The enhancement of existing facilities and activities was publicly funded on land owned by the Local Authority.
Finally the Discovery Centre was extended and refurbished to provide exhibition expansion and enhance its lakeside frontage with new promenade/decking and access to a new meeting room/lecture theatre block. The new facilities give opportunities for exhibitions, trade fairs, seminars, networking, alongside the Events Arena.