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Flamingo Land Revealed As Mystery Bidder Behind Futurist Redevelopment

Flamingo Land Coast Concept
Scarborough Council have revealed this week that the mystery bidder behind plans to redevelop The Futurist Theatre is none other than Flamingo Land.

The local theme park operator, who were recently voted best local family attraction by readers of Scarborough UK, have previously only ever been referred to as 'Bidder B'.

In partnership with Leeds based property and construction company, GMI Estates, Flamingo Land plan to demolish the century old theatre to replace it with a new visitor attraction named ‘Flamingo Land Coast’.

Made up of three distinct environments - 'Subterranean', 'Coastline' and 'Sky' - Flamingo Land Coast will feature an iconic glass roofed botanical gardens, roller coaster, 55 metre iconic lighthouse structure and Space Shot Tower, walk through aviary, sea view bar, restaurant and a new town square.

Until now both the identity and concepts of how the new attraction may look have been kept under wraps by the council. However following what the council describe as 'public concern about the credibility of bidder B' the decision was made to release this information into the public domain.

Flamingo Land Coast Illustration


The thinking behind such openness is that, by revealing the credibility of the mysterious 'Bidder B', detrimental rumours questioning the ability of the developer to deliver a first class visitor attraction on such a prominent site will be quashed.

It is also hoped that revealing the identity of Flamingo Land as the developer and sharing the concept drawings of 'Flamingo Land Coast' will help to raise public confidence in the council’s decision to progress negotiations.

Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Regeneration Cllr Derek Bastiman,

"We’re delighted that we've been able to announce Flamingo Land as the identity behind bidder B."

"The prominence of the proposed development site on Scarborough’s south bay seafront is an ideal match for such a popular and highly successful family entertainment brand and we are very confident that, in Flamingo Land, we have a partner with the ability to deliver and drive up public confidence in the project."

"It is important to stress however that the plans are very much in their infancy and there are many, many months of negotiations and formal processes to go through before construction can be guaranteed."

"What we do already have though is a very strong commitment and dedication from Flamingo Land’s team to work in partnership with us and GMI to progress this important project for the borough."

Flamingo Land boss Gordon Gibb said:

"Scarborough is my home town so it gives me great pleasure, both personally and on behalf of Flamingo Land Limited, to be associated with developing a major visitor attraction on the old Futurist site."

Deborah Doyle, Director of GMI Estates added:

“Scarborough Borough Council has been extremely positive about developing its tourism plans for the town and it has been a rewarding experience working with its team on this proposal. We look forward to a great working partnership with them in the future.”


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