The old cinema at the Leeds Merrion Centre could be about to bounce back – as the UK’s first indoor trampoline park.
A bid has been submitted to convert the empty building into a leisure facility incorporating approximately 6,500 sq ft of trampoline space, capable of accommodating around 200 people at a time,
A foam pit would also be available for more experienced users to practice moves already learned on the main surface.
Similar ventures already exist in America but, to date, there is nothing of comparable scale available in the UK.
If approved, the new trampoline park would be operated by new firm Gravity, which hopes to offer the facilities to the public for general use, for innovative games such as 3D Dodgeball, for training for customers of all ages, for aerobics and for private parties and to corporate clients for team-building events.
As the application does not involve any change to the exterior of the building and as the old cinema would continue to be used for leisure purposes, planners have only been asked to determine if converting the building into a trampoline park would be lawful.
Although it confirmed the application to Leeds City Council yesterday, a spokesman for Gravity was unwilling to elaborate on the scale of investment or to speculate on the number of new jobs which might be created while negotiations over the terms of the lease and planning consent remained active.
However, Helen Green - associate director of estates for Merrion Centre owners Town Centre Securities - added; “The idea of housing one of the first indoor trampoline parks in the UK is extremely exciting and really complements The Merrion Centre’s leisure offering and our continued investment into the New Arena Leisure Quarter.
“They are a big phenomenon in the USA and we would welcome this craze here.
“However, we are not at a stage where we can confirm the negotiations, which is why we haven’t issued this news yet, What seems to be in the public sphere is very speculative.
“We are unable to confirm investment, jobs, timings and specifics, but we are hopeful that the final crux of this pending deal is not too far in the future. If all goes according to plan and the contract is progressed and finalised, we’ll be delighted to share all the news, so watch this space.”