PLANS for a multi-million pound refurbishment of Canute's Pavilion at Ocean Village have been unveiled by developer Wilson Bowden.

The developer acquired the site from Associated British Ports back in 1998 and the firm has since been working with Southampton City Council planners on proposals for the site.

Wilson Bowden development director Duncan Weir said the redevelopment will create a new quality environment for the waterfront development.

"It will provide new life for Canute's Pavilion and an exciting opportunity for the Southampton Waterfront.''

Wilson Bowden is set to invest £4 million in the redevelopment of the site with work due to start in October this year.

Mr Weir said that Canute's Pavilion was built in 1985 at a time when retail and leisure development on the waterfront was in its early stages.

"However, the building has seen little re-investment since it was built and it's now in need of a major overhaul to improve its appearance and quality to make Ocean Village the destination for the people of Southampton,'' he said.

"The new proposal creates a dramatic entrance from the car park to the waterfront and will provide a new strategically placed retail and leisure complex for Southampton people.''

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