Work on new Sideshore watersports centre on Exmouth seafront is paused

Construction work on the new Sideshore watersports centre on Exmouth seafront has been temporarily paused due to the coronavirus crisis.

Grenadier and Devon Contractors Ltd have confirmed the move in light of government advice to ‘protect the health and safety’ of its workforce.

The project had been on course to open this summer.

We look forward to unveiling Sideshore to the public as soon as possible, and we are confident it will not only operate as a sustainable business, but create a lasting legacy for the local community…

Grenadier director Aiden Johnson-Hugill said: “The creation of Sideshore may have been temporarily put on hold, but we are committed to creating something rather extraordinary.

“We are confident that, once open, Sideshore, Exmouth’s new community focused watersports centre will offer visitors and residents of Exmouth unrivalled access to two miles of waterfront, alongside space to eat, meet and enjoy the beach.

“In the meantime, we are adhering to government advice to protect the health and safety of our workforce.

“We look forward to unveiling Sideshore to the public as soon as possible, and we are confident it will not only operate as a sustainable business, but create a lasting legacy for the local community.”

A spokesman for Devon Contractors Ltd added: “We have been following Public Health England guidance to ensure we protect our people, our subcontractors, and our suppliers health and safety. We will continue to monitor the impact and provide an update in due course.”

Work has also been temporarily paused at Grenadier’s St Margaret’s Residences site in the St Leonard’s
area of Exeter.

Work on Sideshore began in October.

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.

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