Leisuredome duo’s link to ski centre

PUBLISHED: 17:04 26 May 2012

It plans to open next year according to developers

It plans to open next year according to developers

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THE businessmen who recently admitted not having the funds in place to complete a £50million Leisuredome project on the outskirts of Weston, have been linked with buying another ski centre.

Clive and Mark Hamilton-Davies, are spearheading the big money development on the former RAF Locking site, which they say will be the biggest of its kind in the country.

However, the duo are also rumoured to want to buy Gloucestershire Ski and Snowboard Centre.

The news comes despite the pair admitting this month they need further investment to complete the project in Weston.

And when the Mercury asked the pair what the implications would be for Weston’s proposed ski centre if they bought another site, neither was willing to comment.

The Gloucestershire complex is currently up for sale and subject to a bid from staff working there.

One of the members of that consortium, who wished to remain anonymous, said they had been told the Hamilton-Davies brothers were interested in putting together their own takeover package.

They said: “It just doesn’t seem to stack up.

“Why would a bunch of multi-millionaires who claim to be committed to a £50million new business that would create hundreds of jobs in Weston, suddenly decide to buy the nearest ski centre to it?”

Although the Hamilton-Davies brothers have not admitted any interest publicly, any move they do make may raise concerns over the long-term prospects for the Leisuredome.

The planned complex, which was expected to be open by the end of next year, is due to be fitted with a 210m ski slope and the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall.

But earlier this month they said that ‘as with all developments of this nature’ it is seeking additional investment and ‘talks are progressing’.

Several businesses have signed up to be part of the new centre including Subway, Avalon Leisure, Ellis Brigham and Butcombe Brewery.


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