Tropicana developers choose pool operators

DEVELOPERS behind a £30million revamp of the decrepit Tropicana site in Weston have unveiled the company that will operate a pool and waterpark.

DEVELOPERS behind a £30million revamp of the decrepit Tropicana site in Weston have unveiled the company that will operate a pool and waterpark.

Henry Boot Developments has selected Lemur Leisure as one of the operators at the proposed complex, which includes a 96-bed hotel, cinema, cafe bar and bowling alley.

Lemur Leisure currently runs a waterpark called Splashdown in Poole, which attracts more than 180,000 visitors each year. It has run the site in Dorset since 1992.

Spalshdown's managing director and owner Alan Richmond said: "We are delighted to be involved in this project and are really looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead."


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Developers aim to submit a planning application for Lifestation@Tropicana to North Somerset Council early next year.

The structure will be 171m wide when viewed from the Beach Lawns and 140m in depth from its entrance set back from the road extending on to Weston beach.

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Its highest point will be the hotel complex at 34.5m. The pods at the side of the main building will range in height from 16-18m.

The Mercury understands the roof will have a sunbathing area with a waterslide down to the pool.

The indoor waterpark and swimming pool area will cover roughly 45,500sq ft, the hotel 49,000sq ft.

The basement car park area with between 450-500 spaces will be approximately 134,000sq ft.

Splashdown staff will attend the public consultations which begin today (Thurs) at Worle Community Centre in Lawrence Road (2-8pm), continuing tomorrow at The Campus in Locking Castle from 11am-7pm and at the Winter Gardens on Saturday from 10am-5pm.

To read more about the Tropicana visit www.thewestonmercury.co.uk

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