Sea Life Centre set for upgrade

SCARBOROUGH Sea Life Centre is bidding to further upgrade its facilities as it looks to bring in thousands more visitors each year.

Merlin Entertainments, the company behind the North Bay visitor attraction, has applied to Scarborough Council to install a new electricity sub-station.

A spokesman said: “The Scarborough Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary has proved a successful and popular attraction in Scarborough and is responsible for bringing a substantial number of tourists into the local area.

Merlin Entertainments, the operator of the Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary, has a policy of continuously upgrading the facilities in order to encourage new visitors, and to meet the rising expectations of the public in presenting a stimulating visitor attraction.

“The success of the Sea Life attraction, and the requirement for future enhancement of the Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary has resulted in the need to upgrade the electricity supply to cater for increased electrical loadings.

“NEDL have advised that in order to meet this requirement a new electricity sub-station is required.

“The existing sub-station will no longer be required to contain electrical equipment. This building will be retained and used for storage purposes.”

Merlin Entertainments has invested more than £500,000 in the attraction over the past five years.

Earlier this year a new pirate-themed adventure golf course opened at the venue and a new extension to the existing quarantine facilities was constructed.

The centre employs a permanent team of 20 people and takes on up to an additional 20 people between Easter and October.

It attracts more than 210,000 visits per year and Merlin is looking to provide further investment over the next five years with the aim of delivering another 25,000 visits per year.