'Hated' Bournemouth Imax site transformation begins

Imax cinema demolition site where work to create an entertainment space has begun The first tiles for the outdoor entertainment space are being laid at the site

Related Stories

Work has begun to transform the site of a demolished seafront cinema that was once voted one of the UK's most hated buildings.

The final wall of the four-storey Imax building, in Bournemouth, which was criticised for blocking out sea views, was demolished in April.

An outdoor entertainment space is now being created on the waterfront site.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is due to host the first performances in the new venue on 29 June.

Bournemouth Borough Council said a ballot in April saw more than 8,500 applications for the 3,000 tickets available for the two free concerts.

An artist's impression of the Bournemouth waterfront events space The new outdoor entertainment venue is expected to be completed by the end of July

Work on the entertainment space will continue until late July and the local authority said a full summer events programme would be announced shortly.

Leader of the council John Beesley said further work would be carried out on Pier Approach over the next two years, including making the flyover next to the site "less imposing" with landscaping and planting.

He added the whole project, including the demolition of the cinema and the creation of the new space, was still within its £8.5m budget.

The Imax was voted one of the UK's most hated buildings in 2005 on the Channel 4 programme Demolition.

More on This Story

Related Stories

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

BBC Dorset

Weather

Bournemouth

Min. Night 12 °C

Features

  • Painting of the German surrender by Charles PearsMonstrous assembly

    Why did 270 warships gather peacefully in one place?


  • Emily Thornberry and her tweetOut flagged

    How exactly did the Thornberry tweet lead to her resignation?


  • Clanger and BagpussSaggy cloth cat

    What's the future for Children's TV favourite Bagpuss?


  • DerainArt of gaming

    The Tate Gallery goes 3D with Minecraft


  • Neo nazi marchers7 days quiz

    What trick did a German town play on neo-Nazi marchers?


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.