A planned £30m indoor ski centre in Middlesbrough will incorporate an ice bar, indoor skydiving, bowling, a trampoline park, climbing wall and soft play as well as the snow slope, it’s developers Cool Runnings (NE) have announced. They also say the development will be called Subzero.
More details of the two ski slopes have also been unveiled including a main slope measuring 165m by 30m, a similar length to the UK’s six other existing indoor snow centres, and a beginners slope measuring 52m by 50m.
Originally work on the complex, to be located on a seven acre site close to the town centre and the Riverside Stadium, was due to be underway by now with the facility opening in September 2019 but a detailed planning permission submission has been delayed whilst awaiting the completion of a crucial £10m road bridge and link road, now reported to be almost complete. Outline plans were unanimously by Middlesbrough Council’s planning committee last year.
Currently work is expected to begin in summer 2019 and completion targeted for winter 2020.
The centre will be the most northerly in England, 65 miles north of the current most northerly complex at Castleford in Yorkshire and 195 miles south of Britain’s most northerly centre Snow Factor near Braehead in Scotland, the operators of which will also run Subzero.
“This is a game-changer for Middlesbrough whose benefits will be enjoyed by generations to come,” Middlesbrough’s Mayor Dave Budd told local newspaper The Northern Echo.