Sea Terminal to be demolished?

Sea Terminal, Douglas.

Sea Terminal, Douglas.

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Demolition of the Sea Terminal and its replacement with a bold state-of-the-art facility, creation of a Winter Gardens and the construction of a new bridge over the river at the Nunnery.

These are among the more controversial ideas outlined in a draft masterplan for Douglas that went on display to the public for the first time in the Strand shopping centre this week.

The Manx government commissioned architects and urban designers IBI Taylor Young to do the project.

Director Andrew Clarke, who led the project, said: ‘There is so much in Douglas which is good - and so much which could be better.’

IBI have broken down Douglas into eight ‘character areas’ – the Villa Marina, the Promenade, St George’s, Strand Street, the Fort, the Quayside, Riverside Gateway and Maritime Gateway.

The Fort is the name the architects have suggested for the four currently vacant plots on either side of Lord Street made up of Middlemarch, Cambrian Place, the old bus station and Bath Place car park. Here, the draft masterplan envisages the construction of a Winter Gardens and a multiplex cinema.

Centrepiece of the Maritime Gateway will be a new purpose built port and potential cruise liner terminal, replacing the 1960s-built Sea Terminal.

Mr Clarke accepted this would be controversial. ‘I can understand it’s got iconic qualities. But there’s an opportunity for a state-of-art sea terminal providing a wonderful gateway to the island. It would be something of A1 architectural quality - bold, modern and possibly contentious.’

See next week’s Examiner for the full story - in shops on Tuesday.

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