Saturday, December 2, 2023

Swiss Tearoom Design for River Gardens

Amber Valley Borough Council has released images of the Swiss Tearooms building, planned to replace the collapsing structure in the River Gardens, Belper.

They assert that “the new design reflects the heritage of the original building, whilst offering modern high-quality facilities within.”

The new design, by Pinnegar Haywards Design and Alliance Contracting Services, provides internal seating for over 40 customers. It has a large veranda for additional seating in summer, and will provide public toilets that can be used by visitors to the park.  There will also be a serving hatch facing the playground, so that parents don’t need to leave the playground.

The scheme is fully funded, with £320,000 provided by Amber Valley Borough Council and a further £100,000 by Belper Town Council.

There is currently no planning permission for this project; this is only the proposed design. The next stage will be for AVBC to submit a planning application (to themselves), with the intention of beginning construction this summer (2019).

Councillor Chris Short, cabinet member for the environment commented: “It is with tremendous pleasure that I’m able to release the proposed design of the replacement Swiss Tearooms, which I’m sure everyone will agree, represents a fitting tribute to the original building. We also believe this new facility will serve both existing and new visitors to Belper River Gardens for decades to come. I personally cannot wait for the building to be opened, so I can go and buy my lunch and sit in a warm comfortable environment, whilst taking in the stunning views.”

You can see the designs, floorplan, and concept drawings in this PDF: proposed design for the new Swiss Tearooms building

Amber Valley Borough Council are also looking for someone to run the tearooms, once they are built.  They are looking for an “experienced commercial operator” to run the new tearooms.  If you are interested, please email:

Clare Washbrook

Current Editor-in-Chief News and magazine editor since 1995 Post-grads: Literature; Theatre; Journalism, Ethics & Law Community Affiliations: Belper Goes Green, Belper's WW1 Poppies, Amber Valley Solidarity No political party memberships/affiliations.

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