Bournemouth Waterfront Imax building set to be lowered

The Waterfront building Plans for a permanent attraction have been put on hold until market conditions improve

Related Stories

Councillors have voted to reduce the height of a waterfront building in Dorset to improve sea views.

The authority plans to lower the building in Bournemouth, which houses restaurants and a former Imax cinema, to "soften its appearance".

The interim measure is expected to cost between £1.5m and £2m.

Plans for a permanent attraction on the site have been put on hold until market conditions improve.

Water park

If planning permission is granted, work could begin in spring 2011, Bournemouth Borough Council said.

Council leader Peter Charon said it was the public's "number one wish" to see the height of the building reduced.

He said the interim scheme would allow time for the markets to stabilise and the leisure sector to recover.

Suggestions for the site have included a water park or arts centre.

The Imax cinema opened in 2002 but closed three years later after problems. Only three restaurants still operate inside.

The building has been called an "eyesore" by critics. It currently blocks the view of the coast from Bath Road.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Dorset



11 °C 10 °C


  • photo of patient zero, two year-old Emile OuamounoPatient zero

    Tracking first Ebola victim and and how virus spread

  • A young Chinese girl looks at an image of BarbieBarbie's battle

    Can the doll make it in China at the second attempt?

  • Prosperi in the 1994 MdSLost in the desert

    How I drank bat blood and urine to survive in the Sahara

  • Afghan interpetersBlacklisted

    The Afghan interpreters left by the US to the mercy of the Taliban

  • Flooded homesNo respite

    Many hit by last winter's floods are struggling to pay soaring insurance bills

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.