Zenith is reborn

AN UNDERCOVER water park about the size of one-and-a-half football pitches will be one of the main attractions of the revamped Zenith development in Scarborough s North Bay.

The new developer, Benchmark Properties, says 80 million could be spent in Scarborough on plans which would provide hundreds of new jobs.

The plans include:

* multi-screen cinema

* conference hotel and casino

* bowling alley

* hi-tech snowboarding centre

* complex of 330 holiday apartments

* bars, restaurants and a large car park.

The Zenith project was first mooted almost six years ago and previously Grayling Sports and Leisure Ltd held what is known as preferred developer status .

However, Scarborough Council has since switched developer to Benchmark, which is based in Wakefield.

It is envisaged that the Zenith development could be carried out on a site covered by the Atlantis water-theme park, Marvels amusement and leisure park and parts of Northstead Manor Gardens, including the Open-Air Theatre.

David Rhodes, managing director of Benchmark, said: We are delighted to be working with the council on such a prestigious scheme.

The large investment is a very positive move in ensuring the town s continued future as a leading centre for tourism and leisure.

Gordon Carey, chairman of Leeds-based architects Carey Jones, said: The features incorporated in the design will make the development a real landmark on Yorkshire s East Coast.

Care has been taken to provide state-of-the-art facilities while at the same time working with the natural charm of the North Bay setting.