Leisure Transactions 2011
Paul Dumbell and Brian Green of KPMG, joint administrators of Simpson Leisure Limited
Acquisition of the Old Hall Health Club & Spa near Knutsford, Cheshire for an undisclosed sum. Acquisition of three new sites in Leeds, Bristol and Kingston upon Thames by the low-cost fitness operator. Acquisition of the Pontin’s holiday park operator and its five holiday parks in North Wales, Somerset; Suffolk, Merseyside and West Sussex.
Jane Moriarty, David Costley-Wood and Rob Croxen of KPMG, joint administrators of Pontins
Britannia Hotel Group
Acquisition of seven European leisure attractions, including the Pleasurewood Hills amusement park near Lowestoft in Suffolk.
February Compagnie des Alpes
H.I.G. Capital France
Spirit of 1873 Ltd, a group backed by Yorkshire businessman Andrew Glover
O'Hara's, the administrators of Wakefield Trinity Rugby League Football Club Limited
Acquisition of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (Wakefield Trinity RLFC).
Bennett Verby LLP, liquidator of Blackpool Bowl
Acquisition of the Blackpool Bowl ten-pin bowling venue.
Acquisition of tenpin bowling venues in Aldershot and Wolverhampton – one of which was acquired from private operators whilst the other was secured on a 25-year lease. Acquisition of the 650-capacity Spirit nightclub in Manchester’s Canal Street.
February Private operators
Begbies Traynor, administrators of Cougar Leisure
The G-A-Y Group
Acquisition of two sites in Slough and Wood Green.
Acquisition of a site in Cheltenham by low-cost health club operator.
Acquisition of a health club site in Southwark, London.
Acquisition of Lakeside Superbowl – a tenpin bowling venue in Stirchley, Birmingham. Acquisition of more than 85 per cent of Glasgow Rangers Football Club for £1. Wavetower was to make £5m available for investment in the playing squad and also pledged to provide funding towards the infrastructure of the stadium. Acquisition of the leasehold Brannigans bar in Blackpool for ongoing bar/ nightclub use.
Sir David Murray
Begbies Traynor, administrators of Cougar Leisure Begbies Traynor, administrators of Cougar Leisure
Acquisition of the leasehold former Mood nightclub in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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