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Faulkner Browns has released these images of its £175 million Snowdonia Gateway scheme. The proposed indoor ski slope, water park, hotel and leisure complex is one of two projects currently being considered by Gwynedd Council for the regeneration of a disused slate quarry at Glyn Rhonwy, Llanberis, North Wales. The other shortlisted proposal - there were originally eight - is for a smaller mountain-biking centre.

Developed with Capita Symonds, Laing O'Rourke Civil Engineering, and project manager Advent, the Faulkner Browns scheme will be sunk 18m into the ground to create three subterranean levels. The centrepiece of the development, which includes plans for a 140-bed hotel and 300 self-catering apartments, will be a family water park with a 'ow rider' attraction. According to the Newcastle-based practice, the design 'works with the site contours to create a coherent building form that appears to grow out of the landscape'.

The winning scheme is expected to be announced before Christmas.

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