£50m Weston Leisuredome remains on track

Thursday, 28th July 2011
Good news for building services companies in the South West with the plans for a £50m Leisuredome in Weston-super-Mare being granted planning permission by North Somerset Council. The application will now go to the secretary of state for Communities and Local Government, before final approval is granted.   The development would be sited on 12.7 acres acre site at Locking Parklands. It will be built over three floors with a 356,414 sq ft floorspace.   As well as the 210-metre indoor ski slope, the centre will also have an indoor climbing centre, health club, children’s activity zone and crèche. There are also plans for a skateboard and BMX park, a freefall centre – which simulates a sky diving experience - and an indoor surf centre simulator, as well as sport related retail, cafes and restaurants.   Clive Hamilton-Davies, director at Leisuredome, said: "We’re absolutely delighted that planning approval has been granted by the council. The Leisuredome has had overwhelming support from the local community, regional business and sports clubs from further afield.   "Our development will build on Weston’s growing reputation as a leisure destination and the success of the Grand Pier which reopened last year. We estimate it will attract 550,000 visitors in the first year, which will add to the £369m already generated by tourism in the local economy every year."   If the Leisuredome is granted planning approval then building work could start in December and the development could be open by early 2013. Sir Robert McAlpine will be the main contractor.