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Convention centre planned for Celtic Manor Resort

Te Celtic Manor Resort has confirmed plans for a new Wales International Convention Centre, aimed at attracting leading confer- ences from all over the world. Te Welsh Government will provide match

funding for the initial design and planning stage for the centre, which would include a new auditorium, exhibition hall and associ- ated facilities with capacity for around 4,000 delegates, making it the largest facility of its kind in Wales and the south west of England. Te match funding scheme – announced by

Minister for Economy Edwina Hart and Celtic Manor Resort chairman Sir Terry Matthews – will allow Celtic Manor to submit a pro- posal for outline planning consent next year. Details:

Site selected for new leisure centre in Workington

Allerdale Borough Council in Cumbria has chosen a town centre site for Workington’s new £9m leisure centre and swimming pool complex. Te development, to be built at Brow Top

and operated by Carlisle Leisure under its existing contract, will also include a fam- ily entertainment complex with a cinema and retail and dining outlets. Te proposed site already belongs to the

council so the development process can begin immediately, with the work due to take place in two phases – the leisure centre first and the entertainment complex later. A detailed planning application is due

to be submitted in Spring 2014 and it is hoped that contractors will be on site by July 2014; construction work is due to take up to 70 weeks. Te new centre, which should be open to

the public by November 2015, will replace the two buildings which currently house the town’s swimming pool and sports cen- tre at Moorclose in the town. The cost of extending their lifespan

for only five years is said by the council to be more than half that of a new centre. Details:


Burnley’s town centre could be about to gain a cinema, shops and a selection of res- taurants following a private local authority meeting to discuss the matter. In March 2012 Burnley

council announced that plans for a £40m shopping centre had been scrapped by devel- opers Henry Boot, but now the council is again in talks to transform the area. Te private meeting, which was held 4 November, was set up on short notice and was used to discuss ‘securing development of a prominent site within the town centre’. A spokesman for Burnley Council said:

Burnley’s town centre could be about to undego a major overhaul

“Burnley Council is in preliminary discus- sions with a potential developer with a view to

developing the former Pioneer site in Curzon Street for leisure uses, including a multi-screen cinema and food outlets, as well as parking.” Details:

River Park leisure centre plans unveiled

Winchester City Council is considering the options for a revamp of the city’s 40-year old River Park Leisure Centre at North Walls. Te options for the future

of the centre include refur- bishing the existing facility; a new build to the north of River Park; a rebuild occu- pying part of the current site; and two different sites at Bar End playing fields. Council figures indicate

that ‘modest improvements’ to keep the centre going for 10-15 years would cost between £6-7m, while the cost of a modern, high quality replacement would be at least £14-17m. However, it is felt that since inter- est rates are relatively low at the moment, the necessary borrowing would be a viable prop- osition in the short term. As part of the process, a public exhibition is

Te council say ‘modest’ improvements could keep the centre going 15 years

being held at both the DC Leisure-run facility and at Winchester Guildhall from 18 November until 2 December. Residents will also be able to discuss the various alternatives with staff and councillors at the Guildhall on 26-27 November, with any comments being considered by the full coun- cil in December. Details:

Malhotra planning £43m revamp of Newcastle venues

Leisure, property and care company The Malhotra Group is investing £43m in a revamp of its Newcastle leisure venues. Two restaurants in the group’s portfolio

will undergo a £500,000 refurbishment and Malhotra’s plans for full renovations of its

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leisure arm will then continue with Newcastle’s Grey Street Hotel in 2014. The developments come after the group

secured a £25m deal as part of a £100m invest- ment into operations across its entire portfolio. Details:

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