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Sea Life is given the green light

Park News
Friday, 28th November 2008 By Dan Ketteringham

Planning permission for Alton Towers' new Sea Life aquarium has been granted.

The new attraction is currently under construction on the site of the old 3D Cinema, which has been demolished.

This will be the 30th Sea Life aquarium built, and according to a press release from the park, "will provide the familiar friendly and authoritative guide to the last great frontier… the seas and oceans of the world, and their myriad of mysterious and amazing inhabitants."

Concept art and plans for the new Sea Life aquarium

It's also been confirmed that there will be no extra charge for the aquarium, which will be included in the theme park entry price. The entry fee itself is however expected to rise, as it has done every year.

Throughput on the new Sea Life is expected to be around 600 guests per hour, and the interior will apparently be done in a 'maze' style. £40,000 worth of stock for the aquarium has already been purchased.

Jobs for the aquarium are now being advertised on the resort's recruitment website.

The resort's soon-to-be-leaving Divisional Director, Russell Barnes, said: "We are delighted to have received the go-ahead to begin building this new attraction which I am confident will be a fantastic addition to the Resort.

"We'll be adding our unique Alton Towers touch to Sea Life's excellent reputation and expertise in marine conservation, education and awareness in order to create an amazingly themed attraction that families can enjoy together."

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