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By shaun lowthorpe
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
A popular East Anglian tourist attraction in the heart of Thetford Forest is pressing ahead with a major winter facelift to upgrade its facilities.
In July bosses at Center Parcs, at Elveden, unveiled a £4m overhaul to create a new “Tropical Cyclone” feature.
The main work is being carried out by Bedford-based construction group SDC and the project is set to be completed in November.
The new attraction aims to give families the feeling of white-water rafting and the chance from travelling at speeds of up to 24mph similar to those experienced along the Zambezi River and along a vortex similar to Japan’s Naruto whirlpool and fast-flowing slide similar to the drop of the South American Iguazu Falls.
Yesterday it was announced that swimming pool and luxury spa providers Barr + Wray were awarded a £700,000 contract to refurbish and re-tile the giant freeform pool, creating a new warm-water pool, installing two filtration systems and adding new water features, including a new iconic Tropical Cyclone flume ride.
As well as remodelling the existing pool and forming the new warm- water pool, Barr + Wray is working with Canadian specialists ProSlide Technology to create the Tropical Cyclone, a slide which uses several patented family water-ride features to allow up to four people to race down together on a clover-shaped raft.
The filtration system is also being updated, which will improve water quality, cut running costs and reduce the impact on the environment.
The investment, part of a major upgrade of all four of its existing UK facilities, comes as Centre Parcs gets set to open a new attraction in Woburn in Bedfordshire which could create up to 1,500 new jobs, with an exhibition of the plans last week attracting huge interest.
Lorne Kennedy, European pools and spas sales director at Barr + Wray, based at Hillington, near Glasgow, said: “The swimming offering at Elveden Forest was impressive before – but this refurbishment will make it even better.
“The new warm-water pool will be a fantastic addition to the swimming facilities and the new flume ride in the free-form subtropical pool will be one of the most spectacular in the UK. But much of our work has taken place behind the scenes and it’s there that the pools really come into a class of their own.
“The new water filter vessels we’ve installed are specially designed to save water as well as space in the plant room underneath.”
A £2m plan to transform Palmers department store in Dereham and a neighbouring eyesore into an upmarket supermarket and clothing shop has been confirmed.