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Hadron Collider embarks on UK tour for exhibition

A life-size mock up of the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva is on display this month as part of an interactive exhibition at Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth. Having started on 31 July, the parti-

cle accelerator will be on display at the attraction until 24 August, continuing on its national roadshow celebrating the UK’s involvement in the groundbreaking discoveries made by the Hadron Collider. Created by the Science and Technology

Facilities Council (STFC), the rep- lica Collider will feature a 6m (19.7ft) long x 2.8m (9.2ft) wide ‘walkthrough’ section and new interactive exhibits. Details:

Rock’n’rollercoasters at Thorpe Park

Combining the thrills and spills of the resort’s rides with the buzz of live music, Torpe Park is hoping to crank up the volume on its gate receipts this sum- mer through new music event Island Beats. The event features

ticketed headline acts on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as free live music from emerging artists. Tickets are £25 to see a headline concert or just an extra £10 on a stan- dard ticket allows guests to have the winning combination of both rollercoasters and live music. Acts that have performed so far have

Sell-out acts to have performed so far have included Te Vamps

included Te Vamps, who were a sell-out suc- cess, and Ella Eyre, who drew in crowds despite a deluge of rain. Tere have also been perfor- mances from Professor Green and DJ Fresh, while solo star Conor Maynard is due to per- form on 21 August. Since becoming partners with events company Showcase Live in 2014, Torpe Park has hosted other music shows prior to Island Beats, but on a smaller scale.

WTI has also worked on the UAE’s Yas Waterworld

£36.7m waterpark project pushes ahead in Coventry

Coventry City Council has revealed plans for a £36.7m indoor waterpark in its city centre, with designs for the grand devel- opment by Faulkner Browns Architects and Water Technology Inc (WTI). The UK development will include a mix of race slides, flumes, wave pools, rapids and wet play equipment. Newcastle-based Faulkner Browns are also developing the wider leisure centre, which will include a 25m (82ſt) swimming pool, a gym, climbing wall, squash courts, health suites, dance studio and a spa. Te new facility will replace Coventry’s

existing Grade II-listed 1966 central swim- ming pool, which will close once the new structure opens in 2019. Work on the designs is already underway, with contributions also coming from Appleyard and Trew, who are acting as surveyors and project managers; Desco, who are offering mechanical and engineering services; and Engenuiti, who are handling structural engineering. Te council has forecast 1.3 million people

will visit the new centre on an annual basis. Details:

6 New Eden Project secures £150m fund

Eco-champion Sir Tim Smit’s proposal for his ‘Ark’ project, planned to be a cen- trepiece for Devon as a second Eden Project in the UK, has secured the £150m needed to fund development. According to Smit, the

“money is in place” for Eden Westwood, which would comprise a tourism and lei- sure complex near Tiverton in Devon, focusing on the “key strengths and attributes” of the county. Te majority of funding for the project has been pledged by the insurance company Friends Life. Te Ark structure would sit at the heart of

With such well-known and youth-orientated acts performing throughout the summer holidays this year, Island Beats is proving an interesting way to reach new audiences and drive business at the theme park. Torpe Park has also teamed up with hair

salon chain Headmasters for Island Beats, with guests able to have their hair styled for free on Fridays and Saturdays – ensuring the style-conscious visitors won’t have to endure post-rollercoaster hair disasters for too long. Details:

Tim Smit has high hopes for the Eden Westwood complex “We believe that such a site can create

the Eden Westwood development, housing an interactive and experimental educational facility showcasing Devon produce. In addi- tion, the plans include a surf lake and beach, hotel, regional visitor centre and a designer outlet shopping village. Te proposal has been submitted to Mid Devon District Council for inclusion in its draſt 2013-2033 Local Plan.

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a lens through which Devon can be seen as a world leader in the agricultural arena and that of sustainable construction, retail and tourism,” said Smit. “I truly believe that we can create the world’s most attrac- tive and unusual visitor information centre, something which will help to actively pro- mote businesses throughout Devon.” Details:

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