A £1.8M bowling alley and entertainment complex complete with soft play centre, amusement arcade, diner and bar, is now being fitted out – with more than 35 jobs on offer.

The 14 lane 10-pin bowling venue, operated by Superbowl UK, will create 35 jobs plus management roles once completed in March 2019 at the former St Thomas Square site, off St Helens Linkway.

Plans were announced in 2016, and finally the final fit out is now underway with residents expected to enjoy the bowling lanes, Crazy Club Soft Play Centre, SEGA Amusement Arcade area along with a stylish food diner and bar in the new year, all developed by Orbit Developments.

The bowling alley will complement existing businesses at the site – which include Costa Coffee drive-thru, Aldi and Frankie & Benny’s.

Company director Kate Quaintance-Blackford,said: “Superbowl UK St Helens presents us with an opportunity to bring our distinctive brand of family entertainment into Merseyside, where we believe it will prove extremely popular.

“The location of the site has been transformed over the past few years to become a major retail and leisure hub and we can’t wait to showcase our offerings.”

The development benefits from frontages to both the main inner ring road dual carriageway Linkway West and to Westfield Street.