Introducing SkyDome

 

We have some major updates on our extra exciting news that we shared with you a few weeks ago! On Tuesday the 6th of February, our SkyDome application was approved by Pembrokeshire County Council.

Bluestone is delighted to secure approval for our groundbreaking SkyDome project. We know that as well as being a hugely positive asset to the resort, it will vastly improve our guests’ experience. Groundworks will now begin within a few weeks and we hope to open to our guests in Summer 2019. SkyDome is being created on a previously unoccupied parcel of land near the Adventure Centre so its development will not disturb our guests or their enjoyment of Bluestone’s peace and tranquility.

A UK first, our SkyDome will bring nature undercover, so guests can enjoy the fresh air, sit on the grass and play under the trees, and all without getting wet if it rains!

The breathtaking new facility will see a transparent canopy arched over a massive 7000 sqm area where lots of new activities will be launched, along with a 500-seat amphitheatre.

We're going to bring the outdoors, indoors so you'll be able to enjoy everything that you love about Pembrokeshire, under a weather proof dome.

The new all-weather facility - is roughly the size of a football pitch -  is expected to take around 15 months to build and will be located on land near the Adventure Centre.

 

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Few Frequently Asked Questions

"But SkyDome will make Bluestone too commercial and too much like other UK resorts!."

The concept of SkyDome is really quite simple and organic. Just like everything else we do, our focus is helping families enjoy the beautiful surroundings of our stunning Pembrokeshire countryside. With natural oak trees and grass inside, we think you’ll love being able to enjoy the ‘outside’ without having to get wet. SkyDome is still open to the elements, so you won’t feel like you’re cooped up.

"SkyDome sounds too much like developments at other resorts."

SkyDome is Bluestone and you know us, we’re all about being quirky and celebrating our unique landscape.  The new all-weather facility has been designed to complement its natural surroundings. 

"We don’t want more shops and cafes at Bluestone"

SkyDome isn’t a food outlet or a shopping mall. It’s a play area for people - big and small! Yes, you can grab a hot chocolate while you embrace your adventurous side, but ultimately SkyDome , just like the rest of Bluestone, is a place to explore and reconnect with nature.

"What's going to be inside it?"

Now planning has been passed, the fun part really begins, what we do know is that it will have places to eat and drink, plenty of amazing activities and facillities for all ages and a 500-seat amphitheatre that can be used for shows, concerts, maybe even our Panto? If you've got any ideas, feel free to join in our conversation on our Facebook Wall.



Fast Facts

SkyDome

Length - 116m

Width - 77m

Height - 5m from ground level around perimeter, 22m from internal floor at highest point

Floor Area - 7000sqm

Roof / Air Filled Pillow Area - 8000sqm

Estimated concrete to groundworks (design not finalised yet) - 2000m3

Anticipated construction period - 60 weeks

Employment

Extra headcount employed directly by SkyDome - 55

Local Economic Benefits (over a 10 year period)

     -  Wages & Salaries – direct SkyDome staff £9.10M

      Wages & Salaries – additional Bluestone staff £3.25M

     -  Local supply chain growth - SkyDome purchases £6.52M

      Project construction cost £7.26M 

     -  Total benefits over 10 years £21.63M

Bluestone Conservation

330,000 Trees and shrubs planted since 2008

2 Biomass energy centres producing 7,000 mwh of carbon neutral energy per year

Since opening in 2008 Bluestone has contributed £140,000 to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA) as part of a Section 106 Agreement. This money has been spent by PCNPA in the locality upgrading footpaths in Minwear and Canaston Woods.


Responsible waste management programme

Recycling facilities available across resort‘Park Wise’ Pembrokeshire Coast National Park training programme for staff

On resort information centre promoting Pembrokeshire