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Tenders sought to run theatre

Anyone interested in formally tendering to take on the future of Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion now has until Friday, June 8 to submit their detailed business plans.

Leisure and entertainment companies from across the country are being sought after adverts were this week placed in specialist national publications calling for companies to come forward with their innovative ideas for the Suffolk Coastal-owned building.

“This is our next big step forward towards securing an exciting and long-term future for the Spa as a leisure and entertainment venue that is both financially self-supporting and attractive to both local residents and visitors to the resort,” said Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Leisure.

“We are now seeking tenders from interested companies and organisations to develop their exciting and innovative leisure / entertainment solution for one of our district’s key facilities.

“How the Spa is operated in the future is up for grabs. It could continue as a theatre, but equally we are open to firm and viable proposals that would see a change of use to develop the building as an attraction that would see the crowds return in large numbers,” added Cllr Holdcroft.

The Spa is set to stay open until after Christmas and has a packed and varied range of attractions taking to its stage over the coming months including the Felixstowe Drama Festival and the Summer Youth Project, with an exciting programme of events due to be announced shortly. For full details visit www.thespapavilion.org/

The tender process is being conducted via Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils’ e-tendering solution and tenders must be submitted electronically by 5pm on June 8. Any interested parties can find further information on this tender by visiting www.waveney.gov.uk/site/scripts/download_info.php?fileID=2720 or by contacting Paul Aldrich, Procurement Officer on 01502 523508.

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