Building work completed on new Flamborough marine centre

The new Living Seas Centre in South Landing, Flamborough.

The new Living Seas Centre in South Landing, Flamborough.

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A MARINE education centre which is set to become the first of its kind on the Yorkshire Coast is taking shape with its external construction completed.

Work to convert a building which was destroyed by an arson attack into the Living Seas Centre at South Landing, Flamborough, got underway earlier this summer and is on course to open its doors to the public in November.

The former cafe is being re-developed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which will then lease it out to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

The trust will run it as an educational centre designed to open up the eyes of visitors to the undersea world.

The re-development is still on course to cost the estimated £150,000, the bulk of which has been covered by the insurance payout following the devastating fire, while the trust has secured £30,000 from the Leader programme.

Living Seas Centre officer Anthony Hurd, who will manage the centre once it is open, said: “The build has gone really, really well.

“They have done an amazing job. The structure is all there, most of the outside works have been done, including the 
access ramp.

“This week they are looking at doing the floor and once the floor is done they can finish the internal bit.”

“It’s really exciting,” he added.

An open day is due to be held in November, with a bigger grand opening scheduled for the spring.

Once fully open the centre will offer a range of interactive displays, guided snorkelling trips, rock pooling, and seashore safaris to name just a few of the planned activities.

“We will have more of an open day in early November so people can come and see what it’s all about, see what our plans are and find out how they can get involved.

“It will be open on a casual basis throughout the winter and we will look to have that really big launch in the spring,” Mr Hurd said.