Survey Data

Reg No

16301126


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural


Original Use

Building misc


In Use As

Building misc


Date

1990 - 2000


Coordinates

327126, 218655


Date Recorded

01/07/2003


Date Updated

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Description

Detached multiple-bay two-storey aquarium built c.1995. The building is finished with render, large areas of modern glazing and is partially set on a rubble base. To the north side is a restaurant to first floor and a coffee shop to ground while to the south side there is an aquarium to the ground and a coffee shop to the first floor. The entrance to the restaurant is through a small raised terrace. The entrance to the aquarium is slightly recessed but directly off the pavement. Glazing comprises of mainly curtain walling. To the south west and part of the north elevation the flat roof has a wide metal clad overhang. The building sits on the seaward side of the promenade; it faces the road.

Appraisal

This is a well designed modern and original building which contrasts sharply with the 19th century esplanade, but in so doing adds a sense of continued development of the whole.