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Foster lands Birnbeck job

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The developer behind a failed attempt to overhaul Weston-Super-Mare’s Birnbeck Pier has appointed Foster + Partners to design a scheme on a neighbouring plot.

Local businessman Jim Scott’s £30 million proposals for the pier were dramatically ditched two years ago and the landmark structure, which leads to Birnbeck Island, has since been bought by Urban Splash.

Now Scott and international property developer Wahid Samady have asked Foster to look at transforming a seafront site next door – a plot which currently houses The Captain’s Cabin, and the Royal Pier Hotel and Prince Consort Lounge.

Under the banner Birnbeck Investments, the pair want to build ‘a multi-million pound complex’ including luxury apartments, a five-star hotel, ‘concept bars and award-winning restaurants’.

They have already approached celebrity chef Ray Neve, who formerly worked with Anton Mossiman, ‘to ensure that the quality of food and catering will set a new standard for the whole region’.

Scott said: ‘This project is ambitious for all the right reasons. We have one of the best sites in the town… and we will not simply re-hash the buildings that are here. We have a vision that will make Weston-Super-Mare an all-year-round destination.

‘We will create a 21st-century Captain’s Cabin, Royal Pier Hotel and Prince Consort Lounge, as opposed to simply just another apartments build.’

Meanwhile, the shortlist in Urban Splash’s Birnbeck Pier contest is expected to be unveiled any day.

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