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Hove rink partnership plans for an autumn opening
Brighton and Hove is set to get its own indoor ice rink – and we could be on our skates as early as October.
City businessman Mike Holland and Olympic gold medallist ice-skater Robin Cousins this week submitted plans for a rink next to the Engineerium in Hove.
If given the all clear, it could operate from the beginning of October to the end of March for the next five years.
Mr Holland, a prominent city property developer, has formed a partnership with the Olympic figure skater whose events company is in place to provide the rink.
Speaking about the plans, Mr Holland said: “People in the city are always talking about an ice rink – so there is definitely a desire for one.
“It is time for Sussex to get the skates out. We have a perfect location and plenty of support. All being well we will be opening later in the year.”
The plans, which have been submitted to the council’s planning officers, reveal that the temporary structure would largely consist of white and clear PVC roofing.
It would sit in front of the Engineerium’s boiler house with the imposing chimney towering over it.
There would be four marquee structures in total, enclosing the ice rink, ice pad machine, skate hire facility and shop.
As well as selling refreshments, the shop is set to sell the likes of hats and gloves.
The facility would provide 15 full-time and 10 part-time jobs.
Mr Holland added: “It’s about creating the whole Engineerium experience.
“Skating will be included in the entry price allowing the family to spend quality time together doing a bit of everything.
“It’s a great location: we have good bus links, we’re close to the railway station and in a big catchment area.
“We are also planning to put on our own courtesy bus from the seafront.
“And well, as you know, everyone in this city cycles so it will be easy to get to.
“I known Robin is really excited about it and of course he will be there for the opening.”
Mr Cousins has already once attempted to build an ice arena in the city as one of the directors of Brighton Arena Ltd.
Along with Winchester-based developer David Pople, Cousins unveiled plans for a full size arena at the Black Rock site on the seafront.
However, after nine years without a brick put in place, the group lost the development rights to the site.
The council has set a target date of March 20 to decide on the new plans.
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