Wigan’s winter wonderland

Derek Walker & Associates has unveiled the outline design for Xanadu, the UK’s first indoor theme-park, proposed for Lancashire at a cost of 150m.

Derek Walker & Associates has unveiled the outline design for Xanadu, the UK’s first indoor theme-park, proposed for Lancashire at a cost of 150m.

“We have appointed no other designers as yet, although there will be other design contracts [for interiors and branding] next year, some of which will go to Derek Walker,” says Edward Cade, development surveyor for the main property developer Moorfield Estates.

Derek Walker & Associates is responsible for the “transition zones” within the building’s interior and some identity work.

“We control the public spaces which will incorporate aspects of the project’s overall identity, which we are also working on. It is a big project and there is definitely scope to integrate other designers in certain elements, such as the aquatic centre,” says Derek Walker & Associates partner Derek Walker.

The consultancy is now working on a more detailed plan of Xanadu for the new year when planning permission is expected from Wigan Council.

The project at Leigh includes a ski slope, an aquatic centre and a “cinetropolis” (multi-screen, multimedia complex).

Derek Walker’s recent projects include architectural design work for London’s proposed Museum of British History and the Happy Valley racecourse in Hong Kong.

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