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Planet Ice has signed an agreement to operate the ice rink in the £10 million Venture Fields leisure centre project in Widnes.

This flagship leisure scheme by Widnes Regeneration Ltd, the joint venture between St Modwen Properties PLC and Halton Borough Council, now has a confirmed line-up of ice-rink (Planet Ice), 24-lane bowling alley (Tenpin Ltd), and five-screen cinema (Reel Cinemas), as well as restaurants including Frankie & Benneys, and associated retail.

Richard Bakes, development manager of St Modwen, said: “A major leisure attraction has been an ambition for Widnes for many years and to have attracted the range of occupiers to this scheme exceeds the expectations of even the optimistic.

“To underwrite the scheme St Modwen was willing to operate the ice rink itself, as it did in Solihull, but our preference was always to find a specialist independent operator. We are therefore delighted that Venture Fields has attracted such a high profile operator who we feel is well suited to operate the rink in Widnes.

“In addition to ice skating, Planet Ice¹s rink will be a venue for ice hockey matches and such events as boxing.”

Mike Petrouis, managing director of Planet Ice, said : “This is an exciting development for the group as it takes us even further North and closer towards our goal of being a truly national company. Although it seems some time before we will be open for business, we are already working on our mix of use and would encourage any interested party to contact us between November and the end of January 09 with their thoughts. We can be contacted at”

For further information contact Richard Bakes of St Modwen (01925 825950).

Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121 313 1000).

Ref: MOD/77/08