New project development officer at Winter Gardens

Paul Jakulis, new development officer at the Winter Gardens
Paul Jakulis, new development officer at the Winter Gardens

The man taxed with getting Morecambe’s old theatre up and running says: “People say this is the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced...but I’ve worked in Afghanistan!”

Paul Jakulis has been appointed the new project development officer at the Winter Gardens.

His job will be to put together a business plan and apply for funding to get the Grade II* listed theatre fully functional once again for the first time since 1977.

Paul paid his first visit to the Winter Gardens on Friday and said: “It’s amazing.

“The quality of all the architectural details inside the building, the beautiful tiles, the sheer size of the place is just phenomenal. I think it’s in excellent condition.

“It makes you think back to a golden era of the British seaside.”

Paul, 31, was born near Leyland and educated in London, receiving a first class honours degree and a Masters in architecture.

Since then he has worked on regenerating old buildings in Spitalfields, London, and in Norway, Ireland and Afghanistan, mainly on community-led architectural projects,

“This is what drew me to the Winter Gardens,” he said.

“If the community are behind it, this is a very exciting project. I’m very interested in meeting the people of Morecambe to find out their views.

“The challenge will be making its end use sustainable.”

Paul will start work three days a week in the office at the theatre in January.