"Overwhelming" support has come in for a modernistic rebuild of the now derelict Tropicana waterpark in Weston-super-Mare, UK, following a month-long consultation with people in the town.

Local businessman Richard Nightingale, who has spearheaded a drive to bring the venue back to its former glory, said he was taken aback by the response to designs he unveiled for the seafront attraction.

The entrepreneur said people favoured a modernistic water park proposal, as opposed to a traditional design with minimal facilities. His review comes after he revealed architect Ferguson Mann’s blueprint for the site – the third of his design ideas – at a public display.

The £19m plans depict a ‘drum-like’ modern waterpark with a large swimming pool and flumes. The proposal also includes shops, an ice rink and roller skating park as well as a tram transporting people up and down the town’s promenade.

Nightingale said: "I’ve been surprised at the overwhelming support this week for a modern design for the Tropicana. People are looking at the more traditional designs and saying it has a warehouse-type look which reminds them too much of the site being derelict.

"Instead, a lot of people want to see the whole thing rebuilt into a modern building full of facilities, and I have to say I agree with them."