Updated: Thursday, 17th January 2019 @ 11:41am

Sea Life takes plunge and splashes into Manchester as Trafford Centre attraction plans revealed

Sea Life takes plunge and splashes into Manchester as Trafford Centre attraction plans revealed

By Kim Richards

The country’s number one aquarium Sea Life is set to plunge into Manchester’s Trafford Centre as part of a new £6.5million development.

Opening in spring 2013, the new attraction will be situated in the centre’s Barton Square and is the 14th of its kind to be built in the UK.

The aquarium is part of a nationwide project aiming to help families to learn more about the preservation of our marine heritage.

“It is a truly memorable developmental landmark to have started work in Manchester,” said James Burleigh, Divisional Director of New Developments at Merlin Entertainments.

“There is so much that this attraction will achieve, first and foremost a raised awareness of each and every one of the species that it will be caring for.”

The attraction will hold more than 5,000 creatures in excess of a million gallons of water and will include 30 different displays and an underwater tunnel to get up close and personal to our finned friends.

The aquatic brand carries a simple message – breed, rescue and protect – and plays a major role in charity work globally, recently launching a new charity, the Sea Life Marine Conservation Trust.

Sea Life is an active campaigner for the conservation of marine animals and was involved in a number of projects including the WDCS Stop Whaling Campaign 2010, and international projects.

"We are delighted that Merlin's plans for the new Sea Life aquarium have been approved by Trafford Council planning committee.” said Gordon McKinnon, director of operations at The Trafford Centre.

“We're very excited to be moving on to the next stage in construction of what will be a major new family attraction in the North West."

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