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CZWG redesigns Bournemouth casino amid political ding-dong - images

CZWG has unveiled these images of its amended Bournemouth Pavilion Casino, which has found itself at the heart of a heated row between Liberal Democrats and Tories on the city council.

Tempers flared after it emerged that former Lib Dem Bournemouth Borough Council leader Adrian Fudge signed a deal to finance the casino hours before he was voted out of office in the local elections on 2 May. The incoming Conservatives have now been left to foot the bill for the development.

But Fudge has hit back, claiming that pulling out of the controversial development - which is being funded by Bournemouth Borough Council and Meyrick Estates - would cost £6 million.

CZWG director James Corcoran said the scheme would now definitely go ahead and he explained that the firm had taken heed of CABE's South West regional design panel's criticisms of the original scheme.

He said: 'We have increased the area of Portland stone cladding and decreased the three-tone coloured brick to give the appearance of a building in a park.

'We have also lifted the original scheme's glazed brick line above park level and added viewing platforms on the building's roof. It has been rather difficult to add lifts in the middle of a spiralled building though,' added Corcoran.

Site investigations are expected to start by the end of the year, with work scheduled to take around 18 months.

by Max Thompson

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