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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 04 AUGUST - 17 AUGUST 2015 ISSUE 664 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Chester Zoo aiming to become world leader


Following the launch of Chester Zoo’s Islands development, manag- ing director Jamie Christon has said the £40m project is only the start of the visitor attraction’s ambitious masterplan, as it aims to become a world leader in the sector. Speaking exclusively to Leisure


Opportunities Christon said the newly-opened Islands development is the beginning of a multi-year masterplan currently under devel- opment behind the scenes. “Heart of Africa was the origi-


nal name for part of Islands,” said Christon. “What we want to do if this works, which clearly it’s going to, is start to geographically theme the rest of the zoo based around our fi eld programmes across the world.” T e zoo currently runs 10 major fi eld pro-


grammes worldwide in an attempt to save species threatened with extinction. Each pro- gramme has a species or regional biodiversity focus and looks at the likes of Asian elephant,


Film star Foucan starts freerunning academy


Film star and parkour pioneer Sébastien Foucan is teaming up with David Stalker’s new trampo- lining venture to launch a series of Foucan Freerunning Academies. Foucan, one of the founders of


freerunning, will oversee a series of academies off ering the opportunity to experience the sport ‘Foucan-style’. A dedicated 3,000sq ſt (279sq m) obstacle course will feature at every trampoline park opened by Oxygen Freejumping – the new company set up by Stalker and LA fitness founder Fred Turok. Continued on back cover


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black rhino, jaguar and red ape conservation among other species and regions. Christon said that the zoo wants to refl ect the conservation work being done across these programmes at the zoo, which the masterplan will seek to address. “Rather than having animals in particular


Medi-spa set for £150m complex


Aesthetic clinic EF Medispa will develop and manage the new 645sq m (6,942sq ſt ) Santai Spa at the Genting Hotel in Birmingham, which will form part of a new mixed-use leisure and entertainment complex. The seven-storey, 538,000sq ft (49,982sq


m) Resorts World Birmingham – operated by Malaysia-based Genting Group – is billed as a £150m “integrated destination leisure complex.” Resorts World Birmingham will feature the


178-bedroom, five-suite, boutique Genting Hotel; an outlet shopping centre; an 11-screen Cineworld cinema, which will include IMAX and 3D; a casino; a wide range of internationally- themed restaurants and bars; and a multi-use


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conferencing and banquet centre. T e hotel and spa are due to open late in Q3 2015. T e Santai Spa by EF Medispa, will include fi ve medi-spa treatment rooms and four traditional rooms. Continued on back cover


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species enclosures, it will be in geographical zones so part of the conservation education message is people are bringing back what parts of the world animals live in and why they are critically endan- gered,” he said. “What we have done with Islands – addressing the issue of conservation in a world region – we want to do across the zoo. “For example, phase two of


Islands will include the Bali Starling Temple: we’ll have four or fi ve Bali starlings in there, we just caught them on the edge of extinction and are starting to redevelop them. It’s a really important species and one we want to show-off and promote.” On top of the zoo’s ambitious mas-


terplan, plans are also afoot to redevelop Oakfi eld House – a Victorian mansion – as a tourist attraction. T e house was the setting for Our Zoo a BBC-commissioned period drama that told the story of the founding of the zoo in the 1930s. Details: http://lei.sr?a=q8f6h_O


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