New tea rooms design hots up

twenty “exciting and innovative” proposals have been submitted as the race to re-design Belper’s historic Swiss Tea Rooms hots up.

Architects were invited to submit design ideas to Amber Valley Borough Council for a new structure to replace the iconic now dilapidated one at the town’s River Gardens.

Now, as the deadline for submission has passed, the council has expressed its delight at the response.

The plans will go on show to the public at a viewing session at the Lion Hotel, on Bridge Street, Belper, on Tuesday, February 15.

A spokesman for the authority said: “We are very pleased and excited about the designs that have been submitted.

“There are some exciting and innovative designs in there.

“We don’t want to reveal too much just yet. We want to wait until the public viewing so people can see for themselves.

“We think people will be pleasantly surprised.

“A judging panel will decide what the winning design is. But the public will be able to give their opinions before the final decision is made.”

The design of the new tea rooms has caused much controversy in Belper, with many saying the new building has to be in keeping with the traditional gardens. However, there was one idea put forward to create an ultra-modern glass and metal structure.

The tea rooms were built in 1905. They closed in the early 1980s, but were used for other purposes for a while, before dry rot and vandalism forced their closure.