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New-look Plantasia is rapidly taking shape

Popular Swansea attraction Plantasia is due to launch an exciting new future this month as a £1.1m investment takes shape.

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Swansea Council is revitalising the unique plant and animal attraction by developing a new partnership with specialist leisure and attractions operator Parkwood Leisure.

The investment is helping Parkwood provide an innovative and stimulating venue focused on rainforest life.

The eye catching one-off glasshouse in Parc Tawe, a key city gateway, is undergoing a dramatic transformation and is due to reopen on April 13.

Robert Francis-Davies, the council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "We want to revitalise Plantasia, offering a must-see experience that is fun, high-quality, entertaining and educational.

"New features will include rope bridges, a tree hut, an interactive waterfall, trails, immersive audio and interactive effects. There'll be an improved café.

"Our partnership with Parkwood - an established and respected specialist operator - will mean a secure future for the facility and new opportunities for the thousands who visit Plantasia.

"It will mean lower costs for the council over the term of the contract; this is crucial as our central government funding has decreased substantially.

"I'm confident that Parkwood and their experienced creative design partners, Theme 3 will deliver a great experience for customers on our behalf; our partnership will ensure they give the people of Swansea what they want and need. We intend to deliver the best outcomes for us all."

Colleen Tumelty, Regional Director of Parkwood, said:"The adventure starts here for the people of Swansea and visitors to the destination.

"We're hoping to attract more than 50,000 visitors a year. Our aim is to let them grow their imagination by offering a thoroughly engaging and immersive experience in a rainforest in the middle of the city.

"We are working hard with the council to give the people of Swansea the best Plantasia offer we can. 

"The new Plantasia has something for everyone including families, schools and groups. Plantasia will also be available for corporate, commercial and business events.

"Parkwood were very encouraged by the council's commitment to investment in Swansea and this was key to our involvement with Plantasia. 

"We are delighted to be working with Swansea Council to deliver an all-weather visitor attraction that will appeal to Swansea residents and visitors."

Key customers will include families with children aged under 10, schools and groups. Plantasia will be available for corporate, commercial and business events.

Parkwood will manage the facility on a 15-year contract; council staff there have become Parkwood employees on equivalent terms and conditions. New roles and opportunities are being created for staff.

The council's cabinet agreed the £1.1m investment in December after a thorough review of future options for running and retaining Plantasia.

Photo: Pictured at Swansea's new-look Plantasia are, from left: Theme 3 creative director Ailsa Easton, Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart, Parkwood regional director Colleen Tumelty, council cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism Robert Francis-Davies and council strategic manager for leisure partnerships, health and wellbeing Jamie Rewbridge.

 

 

 

 

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