£50m Leisuredome secures first food and drink tenants

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Artist's impression of the Leisuredome - expected to open in 2013

After being granted planning approval in July this year, the pair behind the £50m Weston-super-Mare Leisuredrome have today announced that they have secured four food and drink brands for the venue.

Mark and Clive Hamilton-Davies are the entrepreneurs behind the Leisuredrome, which will include a 210 metre ski slope, the longest in the UK, and an indoor climbing centre with a 40 metre climbing wall, the tallest in the world, alongside an indoor surfing centre and sky-diving facility. It will also support the local community with fitness and meeting facilities, including a children’s centre, BMX skateboard park and gymnasium.

Today is was announced that four businesses – including three local companies – will be tenants of the new complex, namely Subway, Swindon’s Tennessee Chicken, local brewery Butcombe and Fairtrade organic coffee supplier, SOHO Coffee Co.

Guy Newell, Butcombe Brewery managing director, said: “We’re thrilled to be creating a Butcombe bar within the Leisuredome. As a local brewery, our beers are particularly well known in the area, but this venture will also provide a terrific way for visitors to sample our award-winning ales.”

Chris Copner, SOHO Coffee Co. director, said: ‘’As a south west based business SOHO Coffee Co. is delighted to be a part of the Leisuredome, which will undoubtedly be a leading leisure and tourist destination for the region.

“We look forward to playing a major part in this exciting new development, serving our unique blend of fairtrade organic coffee and range of fresh food, which is prepared in our own kitchens, to the many thousands of visitors enjoying the fantastic new facility.”

Simon Holmes of SUBWAY® franchise sales and stores development, said: “The Leisuredome will home our fourth store in Weston-super-Mare, which demonstrates the value that people place on fresh, healthy and tasty food.”

The Leisuredome will be located on a 12.7 acre site at Locking Parklands, a former RAF site in Weston-super-Mare currently being redeveloped into a £400 million sustainable community. Construction is expected to start by Spring 2012.

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