BRITAIN could lose what was set to be one of the world's largest aquariums after the client rejected a loan to keep the £375 million project af loat.
Operator Nirah Holdings refused the £300,000 offer from Bedfordshire County Council because of restrictive conditions. Now senior figures from Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA, have expressed an interest in finding a home for the aquarium.
The council loan offer is part of £4 million promised in order for the project to get planning permission.
So far Nirah has only received £3 million. The council has claimed that state aid restrictions meant it could not stump up the remaining cash.
Directors and suppliers have gone unpaid since February.
One project insider said: 'The goodwill of suppliers has been tremendous but we can't go on much longer.'