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Brewing museum planned for Burton
in BrieF
New visitor attraction to be funded by brewery and operated by Planning Solutions
UK museums receive
HLF funding support
By Martin nash Plans to create a new wing at
Birmingham Museum and Gallery,
A new brewing visitor centre dedicated to the city's history,
and museum in Burton-upon- have been handed a £4.8m boost
Trent, Staffordshire, is to open as part of the Heritage Lottery
at the site of the Coors Visitor Fund's 15th anniversary
Centre and Museum of Brewing celebration. Initial support has
– formerly the Bass Museum also been pledged by the funding
– which closed in June last year. organisation towards schemes at
The new attraction, to be Penarth Pavilion, South Wales;
operated by Planning Solutions Colchester Castle in Essex; Torre
and called the The National Abbey, Devon and the Charles
Brewery Centre, will retain key Dickens Museum, London, as well
elements of the original facility John Lowther (far left) of Planning Solutions is leading the plans as plans for a new visitor centre
– which included historic at Stonehenge in Wiltshire. The
vehicles, a micro-brewery and a the maintenance of the "I know from our many Charles Dickens Museum will net
shire horse collection – and see buildings during a 25-year lease. discussions with local people a £99,000 development grant to
the updating and reorganisa- John Lowther, Planning that this will be widely help fund a bid for £1.77m,
tion of the site. Solutions' chief executive, said: welcomed and it will provide a which will help finance the
Molson Coors UK is making a "Burton has a proud position in much-needed boost for tourism transformation and expansion of
contribution to the new not only the UK's brewing and local employment." the attraction's display areas.
development by providing the industry, but throughout the Planning Solutions is a
buildings and artefacts at a world. We are delighted to be Hampshire-based research and
Brainspark buys
peppercorn rent, donating opening The National Brewery development company whose
stake in Mediapolis
£200,000 in matched funding Centre and celebrating the vital clients currently include English Brainspark, the London-based
to get the project moving and a contribution that the town has Partnerships, the British Council investment firm, has acquired a
further £100,000 annually for made to our brewing industry." and Vinopolis. stake in the £200m Mediapolis
theme park currently being
planned for northern Italy.
Middlesbrough Wheel launched
Exhibition for Brainspark has secured the rights
SS Great Britain
to invest 47.6 per cent of a E1m
By Tom Walker (£896,000) capital increase being
A new animation and oral undertaken by developers
Middlesbrough Council has history scheme has been Mediapolis Investments, which
announced that a new 40m devised by the University of will give it a 10.87 per cent stake
(131.2ft) observation wheel West England (UWE) and the SS in the park. Francesco Gardin,
attraction has opened in the Great Britain Trust to celebrate chair of Brainspark, said: "This is
town's Centre Square after the 40th anniversary of the the first of a series of
months of delay. ship's return to Bristol in 2010. investments that the new board
The scheme, which is the The Visualising Voices is considering which have a
result of a partnership between initiative aims to immortalise particular focus in the leisure and
the local authority and The attraction is set to be the memories of people entertainment sectors."
operator Great City Attractions fully operational by Christmas involved with salvaging
(GCA), received planning Brunel's SS Great Britain vessel,
Crealy to rebrand
permission in April 2009 but whether to retain the attraction which was rescued from the
mine train ride
was delayed after it was beyond the festive period. Falkland Islands in 1970 after Crealy Great Adventure Park,
revealed in May that a suitable The Wheel of Middlesbrough being scuttled in the 1930s and near Exeter, will rebrand its
wheel was not available. – the only one of its kind in left to fall into disrepair. runaway mine train as Maximus,
However, the council has north east England – is boasts UWE's Gill Sandford, project a Roman themed rollercoaster.
now confirmed that the 30 observation pods, each leader, said: "This project is The ride will re-open in time for
observation wheel is now in capable of holding eight unique – this is the first time February half term in 2010 and
place in time for Christmas, people. Pods also feature that a museum has worked with Crealy has appointed contractors
while a decision will be taken on-board commentary, offering an animation production team Michael Thorne to undertake the
by councillors in due course on views across the town. in this way." £150,000 project.
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