New aerial pictures reveal the ongoing transformation of Exmouth’s new Sideshore development.
The watersports centre on Exmouth seafront was due to open this summer but has been delayed due to Covid-19. Work has been continuing on the site and a date for when it will all be open is yet to be confirmed.
However, local developer Grenadier has indicated it will be a phased opening which has begun with local operator Edge Watersports opening first last month. It is being run by four ties world champion kitesurfer Steph Bridge.
It is anticipated Steph and two of her three sons will qualify for the next Olympics, meaning Sideshore will become a world-renowned watersports destination in the UK.
As well as offering a watersports centre, the development will include a casual seafront bar, restaurant and café run by Exeter celebrity chef Michael Caines.
Earlier this week, a look inside the Mickeys Beach Bar and Restaurant alongside Sylvain Peltier and Michael’s Café Patisserie Glacerie – which will open in March 2021 – was revealed.
The project will incorporate a casual bar complete with resident weekend DJs, first floor destination restaurant with a glasshouse and outdoor terraces alongside neighbouring Café Patisserie Glacerie which will serve serve artisan pastries and ice-creams.
The Sideshore project is aiming to be the most sustainable building it can possibly be. Interesting statistics include:
- Sideshore is expected to reach an EPC A which is ground-breaking for a commercial building of this type
- Twice as many solar panels were installed than the recommended coverage to generate as much renewable energy as possible. In total, 74,849kWh of energy is expected to be generated, resulting in a reduction of 44,909 kg of CO2 emissions each year.
- EV Charge points have been installed, as have bike racks to encourage greener modes of transport
- A ground source heat pump was dug 150m underground to supply heating and hot water. Usually found in domestic heating systems, this is unusual for a commercial site yet provides energy savings of between a quarter and a third of traditional source.
- All tenant have signed ‘’green leases’’ to ensure there is a ban on all single use plastics.
- Construction was undertaken by a local firm using 100% local staff.
Aiden Johnson-Hugill, director of Grenadier, said earlier this year: “Together we have built an exciting community hub where visitors can learn how to safely stand-up paddleboard, kitesurf, power kite, and sea swim.
“Sideshore will also help distinguish Exmouth as a leading Watersports destination on the national and international stage.
“This project has always been about providing a place for the community and visitors to Sideshore to be able to learn a new sport, take part in fun activities that support well-being, and of course provide a relaxed place to sit, eat and drink the local produce on offer.”