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Europe's largest theme park takes shape in Spain . . .

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Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo has unveiled plans for Europe's largest themed resort, to be called the Kingdom of Don Quixote.

A 1200ha site at Ciudad Real in Spain will be turned into a Medieval park for visitors to re-live the adventures of Don Quixote. They will be able to take up falconry, archery and horse riding.

The £330 million resort, which the architect hopes will attract 1.2 million visitors a year, will centre around a Medieval fortified town in the hills, and will include windmills and retirement homes. It will also include watersports and outdoor activities, an alpine village with ski facilities, lakes for sailing and three golf courses. A five-star hotel will be disguised as a hilltop monastery, and ranch-style accommodation will add to this 'wilderness park', says the architect.

Construction of the epic project is due to start in 1999, and the official opening is due for 2001.

wat&g calls itself the world's leading architect specialising in the leisure industry. It has also designed a Disney beach resort and Legoland in Windsor.

. . . . as entertainment centre changes form in Hove

Chapman Taylor Partners is working on a £30 million conversion of a Hove seafront leisure centre into an entertainment complex.

The King Alfred leisure centre will be turned into a 13-screen cinema, casino, nightclub and restaurants. A full application has been submitted by Citygrove Leisure to change the Hove centre from a swimming pools and dry sports centre. The converted building would also include health and fitness centres and terraces with sea views.

Building could start in the new year if planning is approved, and the project should take two to three years to complete.

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