BLUESTONE NATIONAL PARK REVEAL PLANS FOR THE UK’S FIRST £7M SKYDOME
The groundbreaking see-through canopy will cover 7000 sqm of the holiday park including shops, cafes and leisure activities, as well as a 600-seat amphitheatre.
55 new jobs are set to be created during its construction phase, with an additional 300 permanent jobs once the new facility is fully operational.
Inside and out the dome will feature changing terrain filled with natural vegetation, turning it into a truly organic landscape that will make guests feel like they’re out in the wild.
Bluestone’s CEO William McNamara came up with this idea because he wanted to create a holiday destination that would guarantee a quality experience regardless of the weather.
“We’ve got lots of plans for the facilities within SkyDome which will take guests on a journey through its winding, gently sloping paths, to a choice of activities for all ages,” said McNamara.
“Proposals include caving, a high ropes course, ‘free-range’ craft activities and an adventure play area. The vision is to provide a spectacular undercover venue bringing the great outdoors indoors."
“An additional £22m will be generated for the local economy over a ten-year period which includes £3m spent with local contractors during the construction phase.”
As well as protecting guests from bad weather, the SkyDome is a continuation of Bluestone’s commitment to foster conservation and the environment. Since 2008 the resort has planted more than 330,000 trees and shrubs and has produced 7,00 MWh of clean energy through the installation of two biomass energy centres.
The construction of the dome is expected to take around 15 months, meaning guests will be able to enjoy the unique SkyDome by spring 2019.
Source: Business Quarter Live