Building on feedback from our second public consultation on the new Beach Café at the end of 2017, we secured planning permission in September this year. This cleared the way to invite construction companies to tender for the project.
We are pleased to announce that Southampton based firm Sienna Construction has been awarded the £1.8m contract to build the café and work will begin by the end of this month. Four companies submitted tenders for the work. Sienna’s tender offered good value for money, but more important, they bring a team with a wealth of experience and great enthusiasm for the project.
The design of the café hasn’t changed from what we showed in 2017 (full details can be found below) and work on the new road should be completed in time for Christmas. It will then be full steam ahead in January 2019. We estimate the build will take just under a year so hope to be able to open the new building late Autumn (in time for October half term) next year.
We will take every measure to ensure the disruption around the estate is minimal and the beach and surrounding areas remain easily accessible. We have also worked closely with Natural England and our own Ecologists to ensure wildlife and the environment are protected throughout the construction phase.
Everyone at West Wittering Estate is eager to start building and excited about creating a wonderful Cafe for generations to enjoy in years to come.