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Sea Life aquarium set to open at Trafford Centre

Girl with seahorse at a Sea Life centre
Image caption The Sea Life centre will open in Barton Square next year

A £6.5m aquarium is to open at the Trafford Centre after plans were approved by councillors.

The Sea Life centre, which will have more than 5,000 creatures and an underwater ocean tunnel, is to open in Barton Square next spring.

It will be operated by Merlin, who also run the Legoland Discovery Centre nearby.

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council planning committee approved the proposals for the 36,000 sq ft site.

Gordon McKinnon, director of operations at The Trafford Centre, said: "We are delighted that Merlin's plans for the new Sea Life aquarium have been approved by Trafford Council planning committee, and we're very excited to be moving on to the next stage in construction of what will be a major new family attraction in the North West."

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