Striking artist’s impressions of the proposed multi-million pound snow centre for Middlesbrough have been revealed.
Images have been released as part of a consultation to support the outline planning application, which is due to be submitted to Middlesbrough Council by Cool Runnings (NE) Ltd.
The project would involve private investment in the region of £30m and create around 300 new jobs in the local area.
Additional leisure facilities will also be incorporated onto the site including restaurants, bars, a cafe and retail.
The ambitious plans, drawn up by Summerhouse Architects, show that as well as ski slopes for beginners and advanced users the snow centre would also have facilities for sledging, tubing and ice wall climbing.
Additionally the accompanying leisure offer includes a trampoline park, indoor sky dive centre, climbing walls and much more.
A demand study undertaken to assess the potential of the project has estimated a projected footfall of 2.25m visitors every year.
Rachael Howson, of Cool Runnings (NE), said: “We hope these images help show the immense ambition we have for the snow centre.
“The Middlehaven site is perfect for a development such as this and we’re confident that it would be a great success.
“All of the research shows it is a hugely viable proposition and would bring with it a major boost for the local economy with anticipated visitors numbers in excess of 2 million annually.”
Currently, the nearest snow centre to Middlesbrough is in Castleford, West Yorkshire.
Middlesbrough Council is providing assistance to Cool Runnings (NE) Ltd in a number of areas relating to their plans.
The ambitious scheme would take recent investment in Middlehaven – which has included projects such as Middlesbrough College, Keiro neurological rehabilitation centre and Boho 5 – through the £200m barrier.
Cllr Charlie Rooney, Deputy Mayor of Middlesbrough and Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “A snow centre such as the one proposed would be a major boost in terms of our aspirations for Middlehaven and bring with it a huge number of jobs as well as magnificent facilities and opportunities for Teesside’s residents.”
A public consultation on the proposals will take place at mima in Middlesbrough’s Centre Square on Thursday, August 6 between 12noon and 7pm.
• Members of the public are now being asked for their views on the development. Responses or businesses enquiries can be made to Rachael Howson via www.coolrunningsne.co.uk.