Artist’s impression of Wish Tower restaurant revealed

Artist's impression of Wish Tower restaurant SUS-151014-182611001
Artist's impression of Wish Tower restaurant SUS-151014-182611001

Architects have unveiled an early interpretation of what the new seafront Wish Tower restaurant might look like.

The artist’s impression was revealed by Eastbourne Borough Council and architects working on a design for a signature restaurant on the seafront site.

Officials say the front elevation, pictured, represents an early blueprint of how the site could be developed.

The building would replace the existing Western View eatery which was put there as a temporary measure after the original ill-fated Wish Tower Restaurant was condemned and had to be demolished in 2012 because it had fallen in to a state of such disrepair while under lease to a private operator.

The next step is for the council to find an operator for the restaurant who will be involved in the build and interior design.

Several names have been rumoured to have been interested in recent months including fish restaurant owner and celebrity TV chef Rick Stein and fellow television stars and restaurateurs Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey.

In the coming months Eastbourne Borough Council will invite expressions of interest from people or companies in running the restaurant and make an appointment early in 2016.

The concept design was created by architects at Levitt Bernstein and is one of several they are developing.

Gary Tidmarsh, chairman of Levitt Bernstein, said, “Our vision is to create a destination restaurant that draws its inspiration from the traditional sea side architecture of beach huts and bathing machines.

“Yet it is an unashamedly modern building that will be respectful to the Wish Tower and maximise the potential of the spectacular setting.”

Levitt Bernstein is also behind the plans to redevelop the Devonshire Park quarter including the Congress and Winter Garden in to “one of the UK’s most instinctive and talked about cultural places”.

With the façade of the Congress Theatre officially opened by Michael Palin last week and work moving ahead on the redevelopment of the neighbouring Devonshire Park, the council says the creation of a high quality Wish Tower restaurant within the wider complex will further enhance the offer to visitors and residents.