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18 April 2005

Franklin + Andrews appointed as cost consultants on world's biggest indoor ski resort

Franklin + Andrews has been appointed as cost consultants on SnOasis, a unique winter sports leisure resort which will be situated on the site of a disused quarry in Great Blakenham, Suffolk.

The centrepiece of this resort is a ski slope measuring 100 metres high, 80 metres wide and half a kilometre long. The £350 million development includes:
  • facilities for 13 winter sports including ice skating, ice and dry climbing walls, bobsleigh and the only speed skating circuit in Britain
  • 9-hole golf course
  • 350 self catering ski lodges
  • 4-star 350-bed hotel and conference centre catering for 1000 delegates
  • cinemas, casino, restaurants, bars and cafes, night club and bowling centre
  • sports retail outlets

The resort will also have facilities to allow the establishment of a centre of excellence for a number of winter sports disciplines.

Godfrey Spanner, MD of developer, Onslow Suffolk said “SnOasis will be one of the most exciting developments in the world and will provide people with a truly unique winter sports experience and with its centre of excellence will help develop future winter Olympic champions. As importantly, it will provide huge regeneration and tourism benefits for the local area, providing up to 1500 new jobs.

Planning approval for SnOasis is expected to be confirmed by Autumn 2005 and, subject to approval, construction is expected to take 2½ years, opening 2008.

Visit: www.snoasis.co.uk

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