Dolphin Square is a tired 1960s shopping precinct in a central location within Weston-super-Mare which has been allocated in the local plan for significant redevelopment for many years.
The site was identified by McLaren Life as a major opportunity to provide a mixed leisure/retail scheme and Mountford Pigott was appointed to design all phases of the work. Outline planning consent was granted in 2011 for a 112-bedroom hotel, multiplex cinema, bowling, restaurants and retail totalling 22,300m² as well as a 380-space decked car park.
The first phases of the scheme, providing a new seafront hotel and the multi-storey car park have now been completed. The final and largest phase of retail and leisure development is due to commence in 2013.