WORK is under way at a Merseyside resort on what is claimed will be one of the biggest indoor play areas of its kind for children in the UK.
The new £1.8m family entertainment centre, Bubbles’ World of Play, operated by Gloplay Limited, will occupy 21,000 sq ft in the Lido Building at New Brighton’s Marine Point.
Creating 35 jobs in the scheme, Gloplay have signed a 25-year lease at £125,000 a year. They plan to install an innovative play frame five tiers high with a play area of 8,100 sq ft – room for more than 420 children.
Graham Robinson, managing director of Soft Brick Company Ltd, the installer of the World of Play Frame, said: “The Soft Brick company will be building not only the largest play area in the UK but one we are confident will be described as the best play area in the world.
“This will be a benchmark site for the next decade. It’s great news for us but also a real feather in the cap for Merseyside and the children of New Brighton.”
Gloplay also plan to offer a large baby and toddler section, and four bespoke party rooms offering a variety of themes, high quality food and drink and outdoor activities.
Daniel Hynd, project director with Neptune, said: “The face of New Brighton is changing, and Bubbles’ World of Play will add an extra attraction to the estate, which the operators are hoping will draw more than 200,000 visits from across the North West.”