Work to lower height of Dorset's Imax building to start

Future view down Bath Hill Road
Image caption How the view down Bath Hill Road will look by summer 2012

Work to halve the height of a controversial Bournemouth building which blocks sea views is set to start.

A cherry-picker will move in on Friday to remove the Imax signage from the back of the Waterfront building.

The rear of the building will be reduced in height from 43ft (13m) to 18ft (5.5m) while the front will be reduced from 62ft (19m) to 36ft (11m).

A rooftop terrace will also be created as part of the project due to be completed by the end of the year.

The work is part of a wider plan to develop the site into a suitable all-weather leisure and/or cultural attraction by the summer of 2012.

Interested parties are being sought by the council to come forward with proposals.

The Waterfront currently houses restaurants and the former Imax cinema.

Leases, on individual or multiple units within the building, are available for up to 10 years, but possibly more if the right offer is made.

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