The Aim of Sidmouth Drill Hall Hub CIC was to promote a greater understanding of the heritage, community identity, and social inclusion of Sidmouth, via education, sustainability, and a responsible approach to regeneration.
Through this, it aimed to preserve, encourage and advocate;
- Community cohesion
- Education & Heritage
- Maritime & Fisheries
- Employment, Training & Apprenticeships
- Creativity and the Arts
- Responsible Tourism
The vision of Sidmouth Drill Hall Hub was the regeneration of Port Royal and the eastern end of Sidmouth through redevelopment of the key existing assets via a staged programme that positively promotes the fishing heritage and the coast to create a new offer to both residents and visitors.
Sidmouth Drill Hall Hub believed that by renovating the Sidmouth Drill Hall building as a coastal centre that promotes community cohesion it would galvanise the community to create a supported regeneration of the area from the ground up, and create a route to successfully attracting significant long-term investment into the Port Royal area.
The approach was based on the principles of sustainable development and Responsible Tourism.
They were working towards outcomes including:
- Improving the Responsible Tourism offer of Sidmouth through the promotion and understanding of fishing heritage, coastal and maritime activity, and conservation in Sidmouth.
- Promoting the diverse coastal micro economy’s provision of new opportunities to increase the branding offer and identity of Sidmouth to outside visitors and encourage development of younger micro-businesses and SME’s in the town.
- Improving the responsible tourism offer of Sidmouth through the creation of a Sea Food eating place which uses local, sustainable and seasonal fish and other products.
- Improving the social and cultural offer to the local community and visitors across all age groups through a community interest business that provides space and opportunities for art, music and education.
- Increasing tourism in Sidmouth through the promotion and marketing of a distinct place related food, fisheries, art and music venue.
- Improving the economic benefits to Sidmouth through:
- increased visitors throughout the year
- the creation of employment opportunities
- partnership opportunities with Hoteliers and Business owners
The organisations Aims and Vision would have promoted an inclusive approach to the development of a mixed economy within the town of Sidmouth and its surrounding areas that would have increased the provision of new offers – recreational, learning, employment, living – for young families and residents and encourage positive business competitiveness, market adaptability, and collaborative solutions to barriers to development that will move towards sustainable economic growth.
Economic Evidence Report
Sidmouth Drill Hall Hub CIC worked towards a staged regeneration of Sidmouth Drill Hall.
Stage One would open up the building and renovate it to an initial level whereby it could function as a community centre, arts, meeting, and eating place in order to create a turnover and awareness that would lead to increased investment to extend redevelopment further to Stage Two. Stage Two would further develop the building and look to use the experience of Stage One to encourage wider regeneration of Port Royal.
Stage One Exterior – Architect’s Impression (c) Alex Vick
Stage Two Exterior – Architect’s Impression (c) Alex Vick
Regeneration of Port Royal and Eastern Town
Sidmouth Drill Hall Hub worked with an architect towards developing a wider vision for Port Royal and Eastern Town beyond redevelopment of Sidmouth Drill Hall. This included consideration of the future of the toilet block to the east side of the Drill Hall and considered use of the whole of the turning circle area. This could include; a cycle hire space, where the toilet block currently is, to encourage cycling from Port Royal around Sidmouth and up the Byes to Sidford; pedestrianising the area from Ham Lane across the turning circle to create a wider area for tables outside of the Drill Hall linked to the Sailing Club and cycle hire; a community garden area at the back of the Drill Hall by the Fishermen’s Yard to include growing food for the Drill Hall kitchen (herbs, salad); and a consideration of the whole of the Port Royal with the Sailing Club, Gig Club and Lifeboat.