Lincolnshire

Butlins Skegness reveals plans for new £13m pool complex

Computer-generated image of new Butlins Skegness water attraction
Image caption Planning permission for the new complex was granted in September

A Lincolnshire holiday park has revealed details of a planned £13m rebuild of its water attraction.

Butlins Skegness's 25-year-old pool complex is being refurbished and extended ahead of a reopening in 2013.

Butlins said about 100 jobs would be created through the construction work, which is being led by a local firm.

Planning permission for the refurbishment at the park, which opened in 1936, was granted by East Lindsey District Council in September.

The new waterpark will include new slides, a "lazy river", wave and whirl pools and a 28m (93ft) flume tower.

'Vibrant coast'

Resort director Chris Baron said the park, which currently employs about 1,200 staff, would need more lifeguards when the new attraction opened.

He said: "It's probably our biggest single investment on the Lincolnshire coast since we put the Skyline [pavilion] in, in 1999.

"Any businesses investing in the coastal strip is a good sign. It shows it is still vibrant."

In March, Skegness Water Leisure Park revealed plans for a £4m expansion and in the same month a new organisation was set up to promote tourism along the Lincolnshire coast.

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