FEC plans for Portrush venue

Proposals have been put forward to convert the former Dunluce Centre in Portrush, Northern Ireland,  into a family entertainment venue featuring a surf centre, trampoline park and nine-hole golf course.

The landmark building was once one of the top tourist draws on the north coast, with its turbo tours ride attracting families from all over Ulster.

The centre opened to much fanfare in 1993 and remained a popular venue for almost two decades until a decline in visitor numbers forced  it to close its doors in 2013.

Belfast-based consultancy MBA Planning has outlined early proposals for the scheme, valued at £9m. These include “remodelling, refurbishment and extension of the centre to creation additional indoor recreation areas, comprising a surf centre, wet play area, trampoline park and ancillary restaurant and public bar”.

The project could also see the introduction of a nine-hole golf/putting area within Metropole Park near the centre. However, in a statement issued on behalf of their client, MBA Planning stressed it is a work in progress: “The prospective applicant is keen to hear the views of the local community on the scheme’s evolution to date.”

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