£45m Blackpool leisure scheme progresses

A consultation has launched on plans for the redevelopment of part of Stanley Park Golf Course into a family entertainment centre.  Blackpool UKAP, a subsidiary of Holmes Investment Properties, is to create a 70,000 sq ft indoor activity centre featuring zip wires, climbing walls, and ninja assault courses.  According to the developer, health will be a core theme of the activity centre.  Adrenalin World, a leisure park operator run by tennis player-turned-leisure mogul David Lloyd, had been tipped to operate the facility. However, the developer told Place North West a final decision…

Read More

Preston’s £40m Animate takes a step forward

Maple Grove Developments is forging ahead with its plans to redevelop the city’s former indoor market site into a leisure scheme featuring an eight-screen cinema and a 16-lane bowling alley. The Leach Rhodes Walker-designed project also features, five restaurant and bar units, a street food hub, and a 164-space car park.  Maple Grove, which is delivering Animate for Preston City Council, has lodged a planning application for the scheme five years after an earlier iteration of the project was approved.  The development has changed over recent years in response to current…

Read More

Wigan approves £135m regen in face of resident criticism

A hybrid application for the redevelopment of the 440,000 sq ft Galleries Shopping Centre has been backed by the council, paving the way for a start on site in January.  Approval comes in the face of public backlash over the loss of the old indoor market and the appointment of China-backed construction firm BCEGI as part of the development consortium.  BCEGI, in a joint venture lead by Chester-based developer Cityheart, sought hybrid consent for the £135m development at a meeting of Wigan Council’s planning committee yesterday.  At one point during the meeting, an objector…

Read More