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The Sands

Updated: Friday, November 20, 2009

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Not an Urban Renaissance project but the prime example of the kind of private investment which will transform Scarborough in the 21st century.

£140 million project to develop a 50-acre site in the North Bay area including the well known visitor attraction sites : The Corner complex, Atlantis, Mr Marvels and Kinderland.

The Developer is Benchmark Leisure, a Northallerton-based company who commissioned Leeds-based award-winning Carey Jones Architects to design and masterplan the project.

The various elements of the proposed masterplan for The Sands can be summarised as follows:

SEAFRONT & BEACHSIDE

Already being construction on the former Corner Café site along the North Bay Promenade this first phase consists of :-

* 136 new and refurbished beach chalets which have given the North Bay Promenade a major facelift. The 81 new chalets have been constructed to the highest quality by Finnish Living Homes and painted brightly in the seaside tradition.

* A new Beach Management Centre including male, female and disabled toilets and showers, a beach supervision facility, a first aid room and boat store all accessed by a major new ramp from the promenade and covered by state of the art CCTV security.

* A refurbished Promenade Cafe

* 100 private luxury Apartments in Lockton House and Kepwick House from 1 to 3 bedrooms and including 4 penthouses all benefitting a private gymnasium and roof sun terrace. Most of the apartments will have sea views.

* Restaurants, cafes, bars and shops on the ground floor of the apartments in Kepwick House.

FOREST (FORMERLY KINDERLAND)

A development of 40 high quality Holiday Homes comprising 3 bedroom mews houses and 2 bedroom apartments.
Set in landscaped grounds in a gated environment with perimeter car parking designed to offer a car free secure environment with children’s play facilities and woodlands walks.
The holiday homes will be managed and maintained to 5-Star standards with owners entitled to 6 weeks free use per year and an income guarantee for the first two years.
The Forest site will also include a 31 bedroom hotel to be relocated from the edge of The Sands project.

THE VALLEY (NORTHSTEAD VALLEY)

The Northstead Valley offers a remarkable opportunity to create a people friendly multi activity area along a route through the heart of the site leading to the Promenade and on toward the Sea Life Centre. Proposals for the Valley include:

* The North Bay Miniature Railway Station which will be provided with a new Ticket Office and Shop and Platform improvements

* Tea Rooms to replace a semi Italianate shelter opposite the Railway Station

* The Water Splash

* Boating facilities on Northstead Manor Lake

* A revamped amphitheatre covered seating and grass banking capable of accommodating 3,000 spectators

* A new wharf/stage built over the lake between the island and the mainland

BAYVIEW (FORMERLY MARVELS)

A further 116 holiday residences from 1 to 4 bedrooms with views and encircling a village green with all weather tennis courts, sunken garden and children’s play areas. The site will be accessed by a private driveway and offer a secure, gated environment, managed and maintained again to 5-Star standards.


THE SANDS (FORMERLY ATLANTIS)

This is the main commercial centerpiece of the overall scheme occupying a key main road frontage. This element will provide a keynote leisure destination that will include the following:

* A 6/8 screen multi-screen cinema

* A casino and entertainment centre

* A quality Hotel of over 120 bedrooms with business meeting facilities

* Bars, cafes, restaurants and local shopping
The development will have a central foyer/meeting area with escalators and lifts to upper floors and will be served by a multi-storey Public car park nearby.

VALLEYVIEW (existing Swimming Pool)

This is shown as a further 94 holiday apartments which are to be built on relocation of the existing swimming pool. It is likely to be last phase to be developed given it must await the relocation of the existing swimming pool.

PRINCIPAL VISITOR ATTRACTION (PVA)

For practical and management reasons the PVA has been located on the Burniston Barracks car parking site. This comprises over 100,000 sq ft of indoor facilities to include a state-of-the-art water park, sports and leisure activities capable of a throughput of 500,000 visitors a year.

This will offer a single point destination for all ages offering a multitude of activities together with health and wellbeing facilities in a dramatic attractive building and with its own car parking. Uses will include an 8-lane Swimming Pool to replace the Council’s existing facility, indoor sports, climbing walls, a spa - all under one roof and in use all year round. The facility will have its own dedicated car parking area.

PUBLIC CAR PARKING

A multi-storey public car park of 460 spaces is proposed at the junction of Northstead manor Drive and Burniston Road. This will be stepped in construction with the upper level at the Ryndle Crescent street level and with five floors to the Burniston Road frontage. The elevation facing Peasholm Park will provide 35 single aspect two bedroom high quality Holiday Apartments.

Update October 2007
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Everything is moving in the right direction on site with the continuation of ground floor steel works on the apartments and the block work on the Beach Management Centre. The second tower crane has arrived on site, this enables the next phase of the apartments steel work to be lifted into place. The final plans for Kinderland / Forest apartments will go to planning and development committee on October 18th.

Planning consent has been given to a new station for the miniature railway and a tea room, this work, commencing over winter, signifies the start of improvements to Northstead Valley gardens.

Further ideas for entertainment and play facilities in the Gardens have been presented to various Sands working groups and are currently under discussion and consultation.

Update December 2007
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Colin Eastwood, Sands Project Manager reported :-


The Beach Front Apartments are still on schedule for a mid September 2009 completion

The Beach Management Centre night toilets will be handed over 20th December an we are looking to remove the temporary toilets from the turning circle on the 21st Dec. Full handover of the Beach Management Centre is planned for Jan 14th

The current batch of Chalets are virtually competed with only minor works remaining. Chalets damaged in the recent high seas will be repaired as soon as possible. *

The recent high seas did not cause any major damage or delay to the apartments site. The hoardings will be replace early next year.

Work on the demolition of the Shelter and Lakeside Cafe in Northstead Manor Gardens will commence in December with the site left tidy for Christmas. Construction on the new Tea Room and Station will commence in early January.

The demolition of Kinderland is now complete. Work on setting out and drainage marking will commence up to the New Year with construction starting late February.

Benchmark are in discussion with a number of operators for exciting leisure facilities and will let people know once contracts are signed.

Update January 2008
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Apartments
Ground flood steel work is now complete and the internal / external block work underway. First floor metal section wall panels (metsec) are in place, First floor bathroom pods sited and plumbed, concrete floor/ceiling cast, internal wall construction underway, first fix electrical and mechanical underway.

Second floor metsec panels 50% completed, bathroom pods all in place.

50% of ground floor retail units let including a convenience store, theme bar and ice cream parlour.

Beach Management Centre
Estimated handover date last week in January.
Initial inspection complete, defects listed and submitted two further inspections are timetabled pre handover.
Initial commissioning of mechanical and electrical services commencing 7th January.

Prom Lighting on temporarily over Christmas period. Work will re start 7th Jan to re erect full prom lights.

Temporary Toilets.
Emergency repair works following sea damage carried out prior to Christmas has seen the toilets re open over the holiday period. The temporary toilets are due for removal once the Beach Management Centre opens in early February.

Chalets
Erection of first phase of new chalets complete. Chalets damaged by high sea will be repaired early in the New Year. Decision on fatally damaged old chalets to be taken in New Year.

Chalet rental will be dealt with by Escape2 the Sands Ltd for the 2008 season

Forest (Kinderland)
Great crested newts now removed from site and demolition completed. Lay out and ground works are due to start mid Jan with construction following.

Marvels
Newt fence erected. Planning registration due to be completed late January,

Play Equipment Northstead Manor Gardens
Four providers initially interviewed and all four due to present final designs mid January.

Update April 2008
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LIFE AFTER LEGO!!

Just to let everybody know the Sands is continuing at full speed ahead despite the disappointment of being let down by Lego at the final stage. Despite congratulations from Legoland and their parent company Merlin for doing everything possible to get the first Lego Discovery Centre in the UK to Scarborough, the whole team were disheartened by the shock news Lego were going to New Jersey instead of Scarborough ! However, it was Lego who wanted to come to the Sands so we have no doubt other well known names will follow.

Benchmark and the Council are currently looking at recent design of swimming and fun pools and indoor play / education facilities to ensure what is built at the Sands is truly state of the art.

The apartments are currently on target for a mid October completion, however, the contractors are looking to pull some lost time back once the structure is weather tight in early May. It is hoped, weather assisting, that the scaffolding will be down for the main summer holiday season.

The new Beach Management Centre has now been handed over to the Council who will be operating the facility. I doubt you will find a better facility on the coast and the Centre is well worth a visit, even at 40p. Work on the Kinderland site has had a delay due to the Lego Land project. Time and staff resource was pushed towards the Lego project to ensure we had the best chance of success, however, this had the knock on effect of pushing the Kinderland forest apartments back possibly three months.

Planning applications are still under consideration / consultation for the Atlantis site, Bay View (former Marvels site) a restaurant and play area in Northstead Manor Gardens and the multi story car park. Work is also continuing on the survey work required to support a planning application for the open air theatre.

The new station for the miniature railway is now open with minor works continuing to provide better access to the trains, water splash and boating lake. The tea rooms / bistro is also well under way and is planned to open for the May Spring Bank holiday.

As you can see the Lego opportunity may have been whisked away at the last moment but the Sands continues to develop and will deliver a top class facility for us all to enjoy.

Colin Eastwood
Sands Project Manager


Update July 2008
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The planning committee deferred the application for the Atlantis site and the multi story car park, its estimated this will add at least six months to the process if not more. The deferral was for a number of reasons the majority not particularly associated to the actual build but to the associated affordable housing contributions and 106 contributions.

The main issues with the proposed leisure boxes on the Atlantis site was that members wanted to know exactly what was going in the boxes rather than a generic leisure application. Unfortunately Benchmark are not in a position to inform members exactly what is going in as we have a chicken and egg situation where it is easier to sell space once you have an idea of the build and planning permission but members need to know what is going in before they will give permission.

Objections to the car park were principally on bulk / size however the Highways Authority have dictated the number of spaces and the car park needs to be of a size for these spaces again a bit of a chicken and egg situation.

What is very obvious at the planning committee is that the objectors write in and get their feelings in front of the committee. If you members are in favour of the Sands and want to give their support its very important that they write in support of applications.

Better news is that we are continuing with the EU tender process for the open air theatre and providing the Planning Committee support the application at the September committee we hope to see a start on site by October. Benchmarks operators want to have the theatre open for next season.


Colin Eastwood
Sands Project Manager

Update May 2009
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The Sands development continues to progress apace with 73 out of 100 apartments sold - 4 in the last month; 15 apartments being furnished by Benchmark ‘to rent’ with the rental going back into the development; of 7 commercial lets – 4 are let, 2 are trading and 2 will be open for the summer season and there is a waiting list for the 81 new and 55 refurbished chalets. Benchmark has taken a loan of £19 million (now reduced to £2.3 million) and aims to clear the loan in the short term.
The sale of the 27 remaining apartments will allow for a healthy surplus to be put back into the development.

David Archer, Strategic Director, and Colin Eastwood, Project Manager, Scarborough Borough Council.

Update July 2009
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Clearance of the Atlantis site is now complete with area previously used for car parking seeded and the remainder of the site left tidy. The Council tendered the area for uses over the summer period with the only interest coming from a fun fair. It was not felt this was an acceptable use for the area therefore this interest has been taken no further. The Council are still open to expressions of interest.

The area opposite the Apartments (the old putting green) will be reinstated as a putting green for the summer season.

The Pavilion opposite the Atlantis main gates is currently out for tender with a closing date in the second week of July.

Enabling works for the open air theatre are continuing with ecology works due to commence mid July. The final decision on funding will be taken by full Council on the 7th September.

Apartment sales are still going well as are the holiday lets.

Overall we are seeing renewed interest in the site and intend to work closely with Benchmark to take the project forward.

Colin Eastwood
Sands Project Manager

Update October 2009
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Enabling works on the open air theatre are currently under way pending the councils final decision on the project at the October 7th full council meeting [ * see below]

It was necessary to start the enabling works to conform with the conditions of the licence issued by natural England regarding the great crested newts. The newts hibernation period can commence any time from the beginning of October depending on temperature, the paving of the theatre is perfect hibernation habitat therefore these need to be removed asap. If this window of opportunity was missed the start of major works could have been delayed till spring.

The lake has been drained and has to be hand searched for newts and fresh water mussels prior to cleaning. The small area of water remaining is now the home of any fish, these will be removed to another habitat once the removal licence is finally approved week commencing 5th October. The pavings from the theatre terraces are to be re used initially to form a temporary access road onto the island then once the island works are competed to form the required newt habitat to the rear of the lake.

We have had creeping water primrose in one of the newly formed newt ponds, this is classed as an invasive weed and on the same hit list as Japanese Knot Weed. Consequently we have had to isolate the pond and spray with weed killer. Once the weed is dead the pond will have to be excavated sprayed again then re-instated. A Scarborough accolade that we did not want is to be the furthest point north with creeping water primrose!!

Demolition is now competed on the marvels site.Apartment sales are still increasing with 70 of the 100 now fully competed.

The Chair of the World Water Parks Association gave a presentation to Benchmark and Council Officers detailing current and predicted trends in water park design and use. This was extremely useful and excellent input into the concept design stages.

Benchmark have had a large increase in the number of enquiries covering all aspects of the Sands development and are in negotiation with a number of interested parties.

* On 9th October the SBC website reported :

"A whole new era for the north bay was secured yesterday when the meeting of Scarborough Borough Council’s Full Council gave its backing to the re-development of the former site as part of the Sands development. The council agreed to the £3.5m construction to be funded from surplus arising from Phase 1 of the Sands Development. The scheme will also include a dancing waters feature subject to Yorkshire Forward funding.

Full Council also agreed to award the licence to operate the facility to Apollo Resorts and Leisure Limited subject to resolving outstanding legal issues. The deal will commit Apollo to delivering a number of major events each year and is based on a 25 year commitment."

Update November 2009
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Enabling works on the open air theatre are currently under way pending the councils final decision on the project at the October 7th full council meeting [SEE ABOVE] . It was necessary to start the enabling works to conform with the conditions of the licence issued by natural England regarding the great crested newts.

The newts hibernation period can commence any time from the beginning of October depending on temperature, the paving of the theatre is perfect hibernation habitat therefore these need to be removed asap. If this window of opportunity was missed the start of major works could have been delayed till spring.

The lake has been drained and has to be hand searched for newts and fresh water mussels prior to cleaning. The small area of water remaining is now the home of any fish, these will be removed to another habitat once the removal licence is finally approved week commencing 5th October.

The pavings from the theatre terraces are to be re used initially to form a temporary access road onto the island then once the island works are competed to form the required newt habitat to the rear of the lake.

We have had creeping water primrose in one of the newly formed newt ponds, this is classed as an invasive weed and on the same hit list as Japanese Knot Weed. Consequently we have had to isolate the pond and spray with weed killer. Once the weed is dead the pond will have to be excavated sprayed again then re instated. A Scarborough accolade that we did not want is to be the furthest point north with creeping water primrose !!

Demolition is now competed on the marvels site.

Apartment sales are still increasing with 76 of the 100 now fully competed.

The Chair of the World Water Parks Association gave a presentation to Benchmark and Council Officers detailing current and predicted trends in water park design and use. This was extremely useful and excellent input into the concept design stages.
Benchmark have had a large increase in the number of enquiries covering all aspects of the Sands development and are in negotiation with a number of interested parties.

Colin Eastwood
Sands Project Manager
Technical Services Scarborough Borough Council

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