Isle of Thanet Gazunder Exclusive
A stunning £17m monkey house will be the centrepiece of a new arts centre in Margate, according to the mastermind behind the scheme.
Speaking yesterday to a select group of councillors and members of the public who had telephoned for a ticket in 2005, he was upbeat about his design for the new onshore Anthea Turner Centre.
'We have to attract the public to this building, which is key to the regeneration of Margate as a whole. That is why we have placed performing chimpanzees and other cuddly mammals such as meerkats at the heart of the project,' he said.
Dressed casually in a green wig and red nose, he highlighted features of the new centre, which will include:
● Candy floss factory
● Sealion pool
● Jugglers (courtesy local constabulary)
And he promised that the building would delight the kids. 'At 3 o'clock every afternoon all four wings of the centre will drop to the ground with a bang and the wheels will come off.'
The centre is expected to cost £389m.