NEW Brighton's multi-million pound leisure complex has added two further household names to its offering.

Pizza Express and Iceland Foods have both agreed leases at the hugely-successful Marine Point venture, taking it to 96% let.

The Italian restaurant has taken on a 25-year lease with Neptune Wirral Ltd for the 278 sq m Unit 8 of the seafront site, paying an annual rent of £50,000.

Meanwhile, retailer Iceland has taken on a 15-year lease on Unit 16/17, which extends to 570 sq m at a rent of £92,000 per annum.

Iceland is currently fitting out the store and will be open for business on March 4, while Pizza Express is expected to be open for Easter.

The lettings come on the back of numerous tenants at the scheme reporting exceptional trading figures.

Daniel Hynd, project director at Neptune, said: “Since opening in late 2011, Marine Point has really established itself as a leading retail and leisure destination in the Wirral.

“Testament to this is the strong tenant line up it has attracted including Morrisons, Grosvenor Casino, Green King, Prezzo, Starbucks, La Tasca, Chimichanga and Loungers.

“Many of our operators have reported outstanding trading since opening, which further reinforces the strength of New Brighton.”

Negotiations are also taking place for the last remaining leisure units at the site, which total 255 sq m and 162 sq m respectively.

The Marine Point scheme has also been involved in the redevelopment of the highly acclaimed Floral Pavilion Theatre and Conference Centre in New Brighton, as well as rebuilding the marine and boating lakes and a new sailing school along with extensive public realm improvement works.

Neptune has also signalled its intent to start work on a prestigious apartment block next to showpiece Floral Pavilion.

Planning approval for the 24 apartments with sea views was given in April 2012 and is expected to start later this month.

The scheme will take 12 months to complete and will mark the final phase of the New Brighton master plan.