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Scarborough’s new waterpark gets ready to make a splash

Posted on 26th September 2016

Rides and slides and flumes and pools at a state-of-the-art waterpark are part of the east coast resort’s ongoing efforts to revitalise its tourist industry Slide away

network of tubes, which are part of the new Alpamare waterpark in Scarborough. All photographs: Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media

Network of tubes, which are part of the new Alpamare waterpark in Scarborough. All photographs: Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media

Imagine you are one of the world’s leading waterpark operators, with £14m burning a hole in your pocket and a desire for a UK gig – pre-Brexit vote, of course. Where do you go? London? Edinburgh? Cardiff? Not if you’re Anton Hoefter, CEO of German aqua-fun expert Alpamare, which has constructed some of the world’s most advanced waterparks. Anton likes Scarborough. “When we saw the visitor numbers and the potential location, with this sea view, we couldn’t ignore it,” he says. There is also the fact that the English east coast does not have anything like this: the new waterpark, which opens to the public on 30 July, has the kind of slides and wave machines you would previously have needed to travel to Florida or Dubai to experience. One of the flumes takes groups of four on “boats” that drop the height of three double-decker buses – a fall that designer Rick Hunter promises will create a feeling of weightlessness and disorientation.

 

 

 

A worker finishes off cleaning one of the four huge water slides at the Alpamare waterpark

A worker finishes off cleaning one of the four huge water slides at the Alpamare waterpark

Hunter, a former champion Canadian ski-racer, brought about a revolution in water slides when he had the notion of applying bobsleigh-run geometries to flumes. The results can be spectacular. Scarborough will also boast the Black Hole, a slide that hopes to record the UK’s fastest ride speeds – of more than 30mph. The thrills continue with the Cresta Run, a flume based closely on its bobsleigh namesake in St Moritz. For the more sedate – or you might say sane – visitor there are plenty of other attractions, including a heated indoor wave pool and play area, and four heated outdoor pools, including another first no one expected to see in Scarborough – an infinity pool enjoying that sea view over North Bay. A spa is opening in January 2017.

 

 

 

Families at the outdoor infinity pool

It’s not the first time that Scarborough has turned to water for visitor satisfaction. In the early 19th century it became enormously popular for spa cures, attracting luminaries such as the Brontë sisters. The glamour faded, however, and in recent years its reputation has been more for shabbiness. The lovely setting, harbour and beach were unchanged, of course, but a lot of buildings were in sore need of a lick of paint. A big push by the local council and some big-ticket projects have started a major revival, centred on the North Bay area, where a 1930s open-air theatre has been turned into a 7,000-seat stadium (James Bay kicked off the summer season; Noel Gallagher and Busted are due).

 

 

 

The indoor wave pool

On top of that, surfing has been discovered, the fishing industry revitalised (prawns and scallops), and the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race has twice chosen to stage finishes along the spectacular Marine Drive between south and north bays. There’s a buzz about the place that was notably absent a few years ago. Visit England statistics show it is now second only to London in terms of holiday trips for visitors. With staycation holidays the theme of the year, it looks like Alpamare has timed its Scarborough run to perfection.

 

Admission adult £19, child (6-15) £15, family ticket (2+2) £60, alpamare.co.uk, open daily Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm.

Ratcliffe College Planning Consented

Posted on 19th December 2012

We are delighted to have secured a Planning Consent for Ratcliffe College and to enable delivery of their new Junior School.

Student Accomodation, The Newarke, Leicester

Posted on 18th October 2012

The refurbishment contract has now been placed by Benchmark Property for the first stage of re-development at Newarke Street to convert the existing property into 76 student beds within an existing property of some 20,000ft2. The remaining phases are also under consideration and it is hoped that further new build and redevelopment will follow during 2013.

Power Generating

Posted on 18th July 2012

We are delighted to join the team for delivery of 50MVA of STOR diesel generating sites to boost the grid in times of need. These remotely operated sites are triggered under contract and Benchmark Property have been appointed to deliver the civil and structural engineering works on all sites.

Regenerating in High Wycombe

Posted on 18th June 2012

Benchmark Property have been appointed to design and develop a new 75 care home facility, doctors surgery and improved B1 accomodation as part of the redevelopment of an existing industrial estate. The target is to secure satisfactory planning such that works can start on site in 2013.

Ratcliffe College

Posted on 6th January 2012

Following our succesful delivery of the pre-preparatory school at Grace Dieu we are delighted to announce we are now  appointed to deliver the new Junior School for Ratcliffe College and with consideration to further phases for delivering a new sports hall and swimming pool. The layouts and design in careful consultation with the College are targeted to secure a planning consent during 2012.

Listed Barn Conversions, Cottesmore

Posted on 10th October 2011

This cluster of listed farm buildings forming part of the larger housing scheme commences its exciting refurbishment and redevelopment this month for use as residential accommodation complete and including car parking, external works and associated works. In all 17 residential units will be created with extensive retained features, full stonework elevations and retained Colleyweston stone roof slates.

Nene Business Park – NHS Facility Opens

Posted on 18th April 2011

The new 17,500ft2 Outreach Patients Department for Kettering General Hospital opened for business in March 2011 and with a special mention and thank you to Benchmark Property for delivery of the facility.

Melton Mowbray Business Park

Posted on 12th March 2010

This 25 acre proposed B1/B2/B8 site at Melton Mowbray secures its planning consent.

Planning for Nene Business Park

Posted on 7th November 2009

The detailed Planning Application for Nene Business Park received its planning consent to enable delivery of this exciting and significant business park including a range of offices, roadside uses and a separate industrial park.