Leisure revamp for Skelmersdale shopping centre
Part of the Concourse Shopping Centre’s upper level could be transformed into a WonderWorld entertainment complex, after a cinema was developed on the ground floor last year.
The final stages of fit-out and decoration are currently taking place at the two-screen Ultra Star Cinema, which will become the first picture house to operate in Skelmersdale since 1982. The Concourse is owned by the Skelmersdale Limited Partnership, a joint venture between London & Cambridge Properties and Threadneedle Investments.
Moorgate Developments has now submitted plans to West Lancashire Council for a range of attractions for the centre’s upper floor, above the Concourse’s main shopping level.
The plans include jungle-themed adventure golf, ten pin bowling, an inflatable soft play area for toddlers, space-themed virtual reality room, amusements with dodgem cars, electronic darts, a cocktail bar with performance stage, American diner, an eight-unit food court and a coffee bar.
David Halliwell, director of locally-based Moorgate, said: “This is a long awaited development by many, which is why we took our research to a higher level, looking at the most popular entertainment centres from as far away as Australia and America.
“We really invested time into looking at what a family needs and wants to make a great day out. WonderWorld will also cater for parties and corporate days and will welcome all age groups.”
Andrew Barrett, retail director at LCP, added: “These leisure plans promise to be transformative for the people of Skelmersdale, who have waited so long for such a first-class entertainment facility.
“This will not just boost the amenities in the area, it will also be great for the economy, creating jobs and hopefully attracting further inward investment. We’re excited to be playing our part in this ambitious scheme for the town.”