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400,000+ reaDers leisure opportunities 25 january – 8 february 2011 ISSUE 546 Daily news & jobs: Thinkwell to design Potter studio tom walkER

US-based exhibition design company Tinkwell has been appointed to design the Harry Potter visitor attraction at Leavesden Studios, UK. Although exact details

of the attraction are to be revealed, Thinkwell said the site will give the general public the ability to tour several of the original Harry Potter film sets. Te studios, near Watford,

Hertforshire, were acquired by Warner Bros in November last year (2010). Shortly aſter, the US-based

film giant said that it would spend more than £100m (US$160m, €116m) in devel- oping the 170-acre site, which it has used to produce all eight Harry Potter films as well other hits films such as Te Dark Knight and Inception. Te group has secured permission

Gym location a ‘pressing concern’

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New research by YouGov SixthSense has found that location is the “most pressing” issue affecting consumers when choosing a gym. More than two-thirds of partici-

pants to the Te YouGov SixthSense Healthclubs survey said that the prox- imity of a health club to home was the main factor that influenced their choice. Nearly one-fiſth of UK gym goers said that a location close to the workplace was important, while 64 per cent said that “reasonable price” was also a significant factor.


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Parts of the new studios will be operated as a visitor attraction

for its development plans from the Tree Rivers District Council. It is expected that Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden and itsat- tractions will open in mid 2012.

£5m for Dundee museum scheme

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Te Scottish Government has revealed that it will invest nearly £5m in the V&A at Dundee development over the next two years. Japan-based architect Kengo Kuma is behind

the design of the new attraction, which is to be developed at Craig Harbour as part of a wider regeneration of the city’s waterfront. Te funding will now allow the project part-

ners – Dundee City Council; the Universities of Dundee and Abertay Dundee; and the V&A – to start fundraising towards the full cost. Fiona Hyslop, culture minister at the Scottish

Parliament, said: “Te V&A at Dundee will be great for the city, as well as benefitting the

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Kengo Kuma won a design contest for the project

whole of Scotland, acting as a magnet for vis- itors from all over the world. “The V&A at Dundee presents quite an

opportunity to grow Dundee’s reputation as a centre for the creative industries sector.”

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Regent’s Park – one of the city’s eight Royal Parks

Penrose calls for ‘directly accountable’ Royal Parks

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Tourism and heritage minister John Penrose has announced plans to transfer respon- sibility for London’s eight Royal Parks to mayor Boris Johnson. The parks – including Regent’s Park,

Kensington Gardens and St James’ Park – are currently managed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. However, Penrose said that the proposals

would ensure “full democratic accountabil- ity” to Londoners and would help establish links with other London-wide issues.

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