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Students from Ilfracombe Arts College document Lynmouth Pavilion demolition

By NDJFran  |  Posted: November 21, 2012

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  • PROJECT: Students from Ilfracombe Arts College have begun documenting the demolition of Lynmouth Pavilion. @Picture: Matt McKee

  • PROJECT: Students from Ilfracombe Arts College have begun documenting the demolition of Lynmouth Pavilion. @Picture: Matt McKee

  • Lynmouth Pavilion

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THE demolition and rebuilding of Lynmouth Pavilion is to be documented by students from Ilfracombe Arts College.

Work on the pavilion started on November 5 and the students have already been up to the site to take some photographs for their collection.

The idea is for them to visit the site once a month until the estimated completion date in summer 2013 to record how the building work progresses.

Karen Wicks, who works in the art department at the college, said: "We went in to document the building as it stood a few weeks ago and we have dates to go back once a month. It will be demolished in December and then on January 12 we will go down to photograph the steelworks.

"The idea is to try and retain some of the original features so it will be nice to compare and contrast the building as it was and as it will be once the students have documented it."

Ben Totterdell, education and interpretation manager, said that a lottery bid has recently been submitted for a three-year programme of arts projects to be shown in the gallery

He said: "This came about because we have just submitted a Heritage Lottery bid which we won't know about until the spring.

"We are keen to get students from Ilfracombe and other schools and colleges on board once it is up and running."

The £1.2 million refurbishment scheme is being run by Exmoor National Park Authority (ENPA), which took over ownership of the site in 2010.

The project is being funded by a £600,000 grant from Devon County Council and ENPA is providing a further £550,000.

Tim Braund, head of communications and information at ENPA, said: "Touch wood it is all going well – as long as we don't get any adverse weather. We don't want any wind because they are working on the roof.

"That is probably our main concern – weather conditions over the winter.

"We are anticipating the pavilion will be demolished this side of Christmas and the steel frame will be going into place in January."

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