The US division of Merlin Entertainment Group will be responsible for the project, which will be the ninth Tussauds museum worldwide.

Designed by Los Angeles architect Michael Rotondi it will be a 40,000sq.ft three-storey building with underground parking and represents "the tip of the iceberg in terms of the company’s expansion plans in the US."

Merlin is said to be planning to open two or three locations annually in top-tier retail centres as well as stand-alone city centre attractions in various locations throught the US.