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Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Asian habitat for Chester Zoo


Visitors to Chester Zoo will soon be navigating their way through swamps, mangroves, bamboo and tropical forests as part of a planned £30m redevelopment to be completed by 2015. An unoccupied part of the estate will be


transformed to represent of the islands of the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Bali, Sumatra, and Sulawesi and linked with a series of bridges and one journey on water. It will be home to indigenous animals,


including new species of crocodile, Sumatran tigers, Sulawesi macaques and Indonesian rhi- noceros hornbills. Te redevelopment will also create an Indonesian jungle house – which will be the largest indoor zoo exhibit in the UK and home to orangutans – as well as retail and catering units. Director general of the zoo, Dr Mark Pilgrim, says the ambitious scheme will offer an unparalleled experience. “For many of our visitors, taking a trip to


these islands is just a dream. But we will be making those dreams a reality, transporting our


Plans include an indoor exhibit on Indonesian fauna


visitors thousands of miles away,” he says. “Te sights, smells and colours of the nature and cul- ture of these islands will be brought to life.” Designed by German architects Dan


Pearlman the project will feature the local architecture and vegetation. Details: http:// lei.sr?a=B1r8a


Hastings Pier wins £11.4m lottery grant Plans drawn up by architects deRijke


Te next chapter in the story of Hastings Pier, which was gutted by fire in 2010, is underway, following the news of a successful Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Te £11.4m HLF grant will provide the lion’s share of the £13.9m redevelopment costs.


Marsh Morgan (dRMM), include a tradi- tional seaside promenade, farmers’ markets, an open air cinema and a restaurant, bis- tro, bar, music, theatre, fairs and fetes. Details: http://lei.sr?a=m0A6A


Townsend joins Paramount park project


Chris Townsend, the man who secured £2bn of funding for the London Olympics, has now been charged with raising funds for the Paramount-branded visitor attraction in Kent, which is hailed as Britain’s answer to Disneyland. Townsend has joined the board of London Resort Company Holdings, as commercial director for the resort on the Swanscombe Peninsula in North Kent. Plans for the 872-acre site include Europe’s


largest indoor waterpark, theatres, live music venues, attractions, cinemas, restaurants, event space and hotels. Brands such as Star Trek and Titanic will feature. Townsend said: “It’s probably going to be


the country’s biggest and most exciting regen- eration project since the Olympics. Te UK doesn’t have a destination on this scale. Te UK needs big regeneration projects to kick


16 Te 872-acre attraction is set to cost around £2bn


start the economy and this will be a substan- tial tourism destination.” He added that most of the funding would


be in place next year, triggering a planning application. Te second phase of fundraising will take place once plans have been approved. Details: http://lei.sr?a=O2r5s


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