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New plans revealed for Oasis site
SWINDON could have the UK’s longest indoor ski slope, a new multiplex cinema and another ten-pin bowling alley under radically revised plans for the £95m Oasis Leisure Centre revamp.
Moirai Capital Investments, which took over the centre in June, signed a deal with Swindon Council to refurbish the old centre and later provide other leisure facilities on the adjoining Clares factory site, including a hotel, an arena and indoor ski slope.
After a public consultation in November and discussions with architects and industry experts, the developer has revealed an updated masterplan, which is different because all facilities are linked under roofed spaces, rather than being separate buildings.
Moirai says it previously feared people might visit one facility and leave, so the integration aimed to encourage people to visit other attractions and make the scheme much more attractive for the retail and refreshment outlets.
The plans comprise the refurbished Oasis Centre, a slightly downscaled entertainments arena with seating for some 6,500, a 200-metre real snow ski slope with a separate slope for beginners and a fun snow area, a multiplex cinema, 10-pin bowling, plus a full range of restaurants, cafés, bars and leisure-related retail outlets, as well as a hotel, multi-storey parking and possibly an ice-climbing wall.