Developers behind the new £50m Nautilus leisure complex have received a backlash after attempting to gain a late-night drinking license.
However after speaking to Development Director, Rory Davis, BUzz has learnt that the application originally stated 2am but was changed to midnight before Bournemouth Licensing chiefs approved it today.
Davis said, “Subsequent to that application we have reduced the hours until midnight. Provisionally it was at 2am because we wanted flexibility and the option to hold late night private functions.”
Davis estimates that the bar is about 5% of the total floor space and will offer teas, coffees and snacks in the day as well as alcohol.
“We spoke to restaurants and outlets that are part of the project and consulted with them before deciding that setting the terminal hour till midnight was absolutely fine. Essentially all we’ve done is set the guidelines for what businesses can and cant do,” said Rory.
The development is being built by Trevor Osborne and aims to be “an exciting new leisure development in the heart of Bournemouth, the south Coast’s premier resort”.
The project website states “The design of the new leisure complex by Piers Gough of CZWG Architects will provide a uniquely different architectural contribution to one of the Town’s principal tourism and leisure destinations, complimenting the ground-breaking design of the Bournemouth Pavilion next door.
Davis estimated a completion date to be summer 2014.