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The new Lookout cafe in Lepe eyes national design award

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The cafe is part of the new Lepe visitor centre (Photo: Jim Stephenson)
The cafe is part of the new Lepe visitor centre (Photo: Jim Stephenson)

THE new Lookout cafe at Lepe Country Park, which was part of a recent £2.9m refurbishment, has been shortlisted for a national award by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The new eatery replaced a smaller, outdated cafe which had become vulnerable to storm damage due to rising sea levels.

The new building is now elevated two-and-a-half metres above the beach and is designed to withstand exposure to coastal weather.

It also offers panoramic views of the Solent due to its glazed front, which is proving popular with visitors.

The country park was one of five that were allocated significant investment by Hampshire County Council, with Lepe the first to complete its makeover.

In addition to the Lookout cafe, it also has new accessible paths and toilets and improved play equipment.

The RICS national awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

The Lookout has been shortlisted in the leisure and tourism industry category for the south-east.

HCC leader Cllr Roy Perry, said: “Investing in new modern facilities for Lepe is a big step towards making it financially self-sustaining, for future generations to enjoy.

“The county council and its funding partners have all been delighted with the positive response from visitors to the work undertaken by our design team. The recognition from RICS is well deserved.”

The winners will be officially announced on 16th May.

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