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Project to restore Weston-super-Mare heritage recognised at national awards ceremony

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A project to restore a Weston-super-Mare landmark has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.

The historic Coalbrookdale fountain, known as the Boy and Serpent, has been a feature on the Beach Lawns for almost a century and was removed at the beginning of 2010 to be refurbished as part of the Princess Royal Square project.

The fountain was carefully cleaned, repaired and restored by Dorothea Restorations, a specialist restoration firm based in Bristol. The total cost of the Pier Square project, including the fountain works was

£3.9million with money coming from North Somerset Council plus grants from the South West Regional Development Agency and other organisations. New roads and landscaping were also introduced making the area more pedestrian-friendly, creating better leisure space, encouraging people to walk between the seafront and town centre, and increasing trade for local businesses. Landscaping and planting was also carried out in the area. The Coalbrookdale fountain restoration was commended at the William Stansell/Somerset Building Preservation Trust Awards.

The panel of judges was headed by Patrick Brown, a retired conservation architect who was an Inspector of Historic Buildings for English Heritage and a lecturer at the University of Bristol. North Somerset Council executive member for strategic planning, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, said: "To be recognised by leading architect who have specialised in conservation is impressive."

"The Coalbrookdale fountain is a wonderful centrepiece in the square and is much admired and enjoyed by residents and visitors to the town. Three of the 11 award winners were also from North Somerset and included the refurbishment of the Hans Price Building by Weston College, Knightstone Road, the repair and refurbishment of Tyntesfield House and Chapel in Wraxall by The National Trust and the restoration of the Tithe Barn, Nailsea. Also commended was the restoration of Westcliff Villas on Kewstoke Road in Weston.

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