Exmouth watersports centre could feature retractable glass canopy – so Michael Caines restaurant terrace can be used all-year-round

A retractable glass canopy could be added to Exmouth’s new Sideshore watersports centre – so the terrace of its Michael Caines restaurant can be used all-year-round.

Fresh plans have been submitted for the under-construction seafront attraction on Queen’s Drive which also include a pair of electric car charging points.

Changes to parking arrangements are also proposed by the applicant – Grenadier Estates project director Aiden Johnson-Hugill.

Permission is being sought for a transparent canopy – with retractable walls and roof – to cover the first-floor terrace that will form part of the venue’s restaurant.

The space has the capacity to seat up to 60 people.

Before: An original design for Sideshore in Exmouth. Picture: Grenadier

Before: An original design for Sideshore in Exmouth. Picture: Grenadier

After: The Exmouth watersports centre complete with retractable glass canopy on the first-floor terrace. Picture: Grenadier/PBWC Architects

After: The Exmouth watersports centre complete with retractable glass canopy on the first-floor terrace. Picture: Grenadier/PBWC Architects

A statement with the application tells planning bosses: “The site, located on the seafront, is in a severely exposed location which results in a limited use of the terrace to ‘good weather’ days.

“It was felt the promenade and restaurant would benefit from a space that can be used throughout the year, across all seasons and not just a usable space for the summer months.

“To fully utilise the larger terrace, a glass canopy is proposed, with fully-glazed roof and walls; the roof and upper half of the wall will be fully retractable.

“When fully open, the fixed lower wall portion mimics the current glass balustrade and the only element visible will be the slimline PPC aluminium frame and structure.

“The design ensures as much transparency as possible with minimal impact on the views both from the terrace and views of the building from neighbouring properties and the adjacent Maer.”

Picture: Grenadier/PBWC Architects

Picture: Grenadier/PBWC Architects

Work on Sideshore began in October last year and developer Grenadier says the venue is on course to be completed in the summer.

Edge Watersports owners, Eric and Steph Bridge, from Exmouth, will run the Queen’s Drive watersports centre.

Michelin-star chef Michael Caines will open a restaurant and café as part of the scheme.

East Devon District Council will decide the fate of the canopy planning application.

An artist's impression of the new Exmouth watersports centre - complete with retractable glass canopy on the first-floor terrace - included in the planning application. Picture: Grenadier/PBWC Architects

An artist’s impression of the new Exmouth watersports centre – complete with retractable glass canopy on the first-floor terrace – included in the planning application. Picture: Grenadier/PBWC Architects

An artist's impression of the new Exmouth watersports centre - complete with retractable glass canopy on the first-floor terrace - included in the planning application. Picture: Grenadier/PBWC Architects

An artist’s impression of the new Exmouth watersports centre – complete with retractable glass canopy on the first-floor terrace – included in the planning application. Picture: Grenadier/PBWC Architects

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