The preliminary plans for the changes to Ventnor’s Winter Gardens have been made available to the Public online.
A quick look at them reveal ambitious plans to expand to, what looks like, double its current width, with the addition of 37 hotel rooms, increasing the building by 1,602 sq metres.
The details … and plans
The auditorium is retained with four different layouts illustrated – Cinema; Banquet; Conference and Catwalk. The banquet layout shows 22 tables, each of ten seated guests.
There are two eateries shown, an 80 cover restaurant on the first floor and a 68 cover bistro on the ground floor.
Fifteen parking places are mentioned in the plans.
The application, received by the council on 7 December 2011, is in the name of Kevin Sussmilch, who is widely understood to be the investor in this project and the Hambrough.
The Hambrough Group was granted an option by Cllr George Brown to buy the Winter Gardens back in September 2011.
Current vs Proposed
Below we’ve roughly cut the front elevations from the current and proposed plans submitted to the council, so you can get some idea of the proposed changes to the width. For a full idea what’s being proposed, check the plans embedded below.
The preliminary plans
Updated 13:25: Added links to history stories and added some background.