London Aquarium to get 5 million refit

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The London Aquarium is to get a 5 million renovation.

According to London's Evening Standard newspaper, the London Aquarium, which was acquired by Merlin Entertainments in May 2008, is to get an extensive re-fit which starts this month.

It says that the company is due to start building work to create new exhibitis, better tunnels and interactive features for children.

It also claims that the company plans to increase the number of species on display from around 400 to more than 500 and will house turtles for the first time.

As Practical Fishkeeping reported in May, the London Aquarium is to become the flagship branch in the Sea Life Centre chain, and its new owners have invested in a 35 year lease on the Old County Hall site, as well as putting up 5 million to redevelop the displays.

Divisional director David Sharpe told The Evening Standard: "This is a programme to bring the London Aquarium into the 21st century.

"While the name is world famous, it has been left behind by other aquariums.

"We're now in a position to change that to make it a better experience for children and families with more emphasis on education and the environment."