Scarborough’s Spa Complex has a new manager - and she can’t wait to get to work on making the best of one of the town’s stand-out venues.
Helen Broadbent, who will also be looking after Whitby Pavilion, was appointed as general manager following the handover from Scarborough Council to Sheffield International Venues earlier this month.
The company, which runs 19 venues in Sheffield including City Hall and Don Valley Stadium, is working in partnership with the council.
Together they are planning to invest £700,000 in Scarborough Spa and Whitby Pavilion during the coming year.
Helen, who has moved to Scarborough from Sheffield to take up the new role, said she is thrilled to be managing what she sees as a “stunning venue, packed with so much potential”.
She added: “I’ve been so impressed with the staff. They are full of enthusiasm and passion.
“They’re really pleased that we want to invest and keep hold of the building’s heritage.”
Helen, who managed Ponds Forge International Sports Centre for five years, said one of the first jobs was to reinstate the Spa’s bar and redevelop it into a brasserie-style pub.
She explained: “We want to do it as soon as possible. We’ve had the first design meeting and we’re hoping the work will be completed by Spring.
“We need to have really good bar provision for pre-show dining, intervals and post-show drinks.
“The terrace above is awesome and I would like to think we could have some seating up there.”
Helen is also keen to get work under way on upgrading the Sun Court Lounge, Promenade Lounge and Ocean Room, plus all the associated toilet facilities.
She added that the exterior could do with repainting before next summer, which will need to be discussed with the council.
Plans for extending the programme of events are also under way, with one the first new ventures being a regular year-round comedy club.
The “Last Laugh Comedy Club” will launch in Whitby on November 23 Scarborough on November 24.
Helen explained: “We started one in Sheffield and it’s still running now. I think there’s room for it in Scarborough - a bit of a different night out.”
Big-name bands are also set to feature on the Spa’s 2013 programme, with two already in the pipeline, to be confirmed shortly.