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ATTRACTIONS £18m water park for Scarborough

An £18m water park in the UK seaside town of Scarborough has been given the green light. Developer Benchmark Properties has had pro- posals approved by the local council, and says the attraction could be open for business by Easter 2016. The water park will be

operated by German com- pany Alpamare and expects to attract up to half-a-mil- lion visitors annually. Alpamare current ly operates four attrac- tions in Europe, with the Scarborough development expected to be similar to a facility operating in Ticino, Switzerland. Benchmark’s Roland Duce said that while

Fixed-term Coronation Street attraction shows star appeal

Te recently opened Coronation Street tour is proving popular as a fixed-term attrac- tion, with more than 12,000 people visiting each week. More than half of the 300,000 tickets at the Manchester-based attraction have been sold. The tourist destination, which will run for six months, opened in April and is expected to generate around £5m. Predicted numbers for the exhibition

would make ‘Coronation Street: Te Tour’ the third-highest grossing visitor attraction in the north west and among the UK’ top 20. The ITV soap’s famous cobbles are

a big draw at the Continuum Leading Attractions-operated venue, based at the for- mer studio site in Quay Street, Manchester, the show’s home for more than 53 years. Details:

Germany’s Alpamare currently operates four water parks in Europe It will also include a wave pool, luxury spa

Scarborough’s “place in history as the first sea- side resort is assured”, the town had to evolve in order to attract new generations of visitors. He said the new park would initially feature four “world-class” water rides that he claims would be on a par with those found at popu- lar attractions in Dubai and Florida.

suite and an outdoor iodine infinity pool. Located in Scarborough’s North Bay, known

as Te Sands, the park forms part of a wider redevelopment of the area being undertaken by Benchmark. Te council will provide a loan for up to £9m towards funding of the water park. Details:

National Army Museum ready for remodelling

London’s National Army Museum will undergo an extensive remodel- ling aſter receiving an £11.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Te museum aims to modernise

the display of its collection. Instead of a chronological arrangement, the- matic gallery spaces will tell the story of the relationship between the army and society over the last 600 years. New learning centres will aim to

improve on participatory aspects of the museum, while the galleries will include interactive displays. Te museum’s collection will also

How the new layout at the National Army Museum is expected to look

undergo full digitisation, and an outreach pro- gramme will take parts of it around the country. The building itself will undergo exten-

sive work to become “brighter and airier”. A large atrium will be constructed, as well as a glass front, while a cafe will also be included. Construction work will begin this autumn. In total, the project will cost £23.25m, with the

rest of the money coming from a combination of donations and fundraising efforts. As a result of the expansion, the museum pre- dicts a 30 percent rise in visitors when building


work finishes in 2016. Visitor figures of 250,000 were recorded during 2012/2013. A BDP-led design team, which also included

exhibition designer Event Communications and project manager and cost consultant Focus Consultants, was appointed by the museum to develop the project for the funding bid. Finalised contracts will now be put

in place for the remainder of the project, with BDP in place to the oversee the rest of the work as the lead design contractors. Details:

Twitter: @leisureopps An artist’s rendering of the new visitor centre

Royal Mint to open its doors to the public after 1,000 years

Te Royal Mint has unveiled plans to let the general public see inside the highly-secured coin manufacturing facility for the very first time in its 1,000-year history. A £7.7m ($12.9m, €9.4m) purpose-built

visitor centre is to be built at its headquar- ters in Llantrisant, south Wales, UK, with the aim of attracting up to 200,000 annual visitors. The Royal Mint said the centre would be of interest to overseas visitors because coins and medals for around 60 countries are manufactured there. Construction will begin this spring, sub-

ject to planning permission, and is expected to be completed during 2015, with Rio Architects behind the design plans. Te new attraction will feature a tour of

Te Royal Mint, offering visitors the chance to not only see how coins are designed and made, but to strike their own. Te visitor cen- tre features a range of static and interactive experiences and displays of rare and unusual coins and medals from the across the world. A £2.3m grant from the Welsh government

has helped fund the overall cost of the project. Details:

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