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PROPERTY Waterpark and housing project get go ahead

Planning permission has been given for a new country park and housing development in Ashford, Kent. Te Conningbrook Lakes

Te historic structure will be rebuilt in Wales

London Bridge station roof moving to Aberystwyth

Part of the 177-year-old London Bridge sta- tion roof is set to be rebuilt in Aberystwyth, Wales as part of a proposed £10m narrow gauge railway museum. Opened in 1902, the Vale of Rheidol

Railway has been given sections of London Bridge station’s roof, which it plans to use to house its new locomotive museum. Elements have been saved from the roof

including 16 columns and 14 beams in a deal that sees about a third of London Bridge’s old barrel arch move to its new home in Wales. Details:

£8.5m pool complex in Oxford finally confirmed

An £8.5m pool complex in Oxford, sched- uled to open last September, has finally been given planning permission aſter a legal bid by residents to have the land awarded Town Green status was abandoned. Te new pool, which will be located in

Blackbird Leys, almost ended up being can- celled aſter campaigners took their case to the High Court over its refusal to protect the land but the case was thrown out aſter legal aid was withdrawn. Te new facility will include an eight lane, 25m pool and a teaching pool. Details:

Uncertain future for Liverpool’s Central Village

Liverpool’s £160 Central Village project has been put on hold aſter the building firm overseeing the final phase of the project, Merepark Construction, is set to go into liquidation. Te scheme was running 15 per cent over budget when the project funder decided to cease payments to Merepark Construction’s subcontractors, despite the project being 85 per cent complete. Te Village, in the city centre, comprises

a 6-screen Odeon cinema, 442 hotel rooms and 160,000sq ſt (14,864sq m) of retail and leisure space. Details:


project will see the new site, formerly a quarry for sand and gravel, transformed into a country park with water- based activities, foot and cycle paths, nature trails, a water- front restaurant and a lakeside village of 300 homes. Te site will be planned and

designed by BDB Design Ltd, based in Canterbury and Te Brett Group will carry out construction work. Ashford Borough Council has also been

Te Conningbrook site will be planned and designed by BDB Design

granted planning permission for initial use of the land prior to the housing construction, meaning work can start to make sections of

the park available to the public early next year. Development of the long-term facilities will

be linked to funding from the phased housing development. Details:

£5m watersport centre opens in Colwyn

A new £5m (US$7.55m, €5.83m) watersport develop- ment has been launched on the Colwyn Bay waterfront in north Wales. Te development features

the new Porth Eirias building, which has been constructed on a one hectare (107,639sq ft, 10,000 sq m) platform on top of a groyne. Built by local company Wynne Construction, it will provide a hub for watersport activi- ties in Colwyn Bay and will include a bistro, café, chang- ing areas and retail units. Coastal defence structures in the area

Te new Porth Eirias building was built by Wynne Construction

have been designed and constructed to allow the new facilities along the sea front to be improved. 500,000 tonnes of sand have also been imported, offering protection to the sea wall at a cost of £6m. “The developments mean that the

promenade is now a destination for a wide range of visitors, whether they take part in watersports, spend the day on the beach, take a family walk or experience dining in the bis- tro,” said Councillor Graham Rees, Conwy’s cabinet member for tourism, marketing and leisure. Details:

New stadium plans for Cambridge United take a blow

Cambridge United FC has been leſt “flabber- gasted”, aſter its application to build a new stadium was rejected by the local authorities. Both South Cambridgeshire District

Council and Cambridge City Council plan- ners have recommended that all nine proposed

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sites for a new sporting village, be ruled out. Original plans would have seen a new

indoor sports hall, hockey pitches and five-a-side football pitches built as well as the 8,000-capacity ground for United. Details:

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