Wavegarden Scotland, the business which will develop Scotland’s first artificial surf park, received the news today (25th April 2018) that the planning application to redevelop Craigpark Quarry near Ratho, Edinburgh into a world-class surfing and family leisure facility has been given the green light.
This major leisure attraction is a first for Scotland and Wavegarden Scotland will now transform the disused Craigpark Quarry near Ratho into a man-made lake with revolutionary new wave technology, developed by Wavegarden in Spain – the same company that developed the technology behind Surf Snowdonia, who welcomed over 155,000 visitors last year.
The proposal, which had already received overwhelmingly positive feedback from public consultation events held last year, has been master planned and designed by landscape architects Harrison Stevens, with engineering and technical consultation provided by WSP, and planning and development advice by Colliers International.
Alongside a world-class surfing facility, Wavegarden Scotland also includes a surf school, self-catering luxury guest lodges, glamping pods, a waterfront café and restaurant, retail spaces, zip line, water tubing area, BMX track, snow-sports training jump, and a car park.
Andy Hadden, the co-founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd, the company which is developing Wavegarden Scotland said: “We are thrilled that the plans for Wavegarden Scotland have been approved. We believe that this facility will deliver many benefits for the local community and for Scotland by offering world-class adventure leisure amenities alongside a wonderful country park, for walkers, runners and cyclists to enjoy. Alongside this, we expect to create up to 130 jobs and generate up to £11m for the local economy every year.
“Another very exciting aspect of Wavegarden Scotland is the opportunity to nurture surfing and sporting talent. With Scotland’s own surfing team starting to make a mark on the global surf scene, we hope to inspire the next generation of surfers, life guards, and active outdoor enthusiasts.”
Using recently released, state-of-the-art wave generation technology called The Cove, Wavegarden Scotland will be among the most advanced surfing and water sport facilities in the world, with the capability to enable elite-level sports training and development.
Josema Odriozola, Wavegarden’s founder and CEO, said: “It’s great to see that the planning application has been approved, so now Edinburgh will have it’s own surf spot for everyone to enjoy”, “We designed our technology to create up to 1000 waves per hour, from slow moving white water for beginners through to powerful barrels up to 2 metres high for experts. This now means Scottish locals and tourists alike can experience the exhilarating feeling of surfing, regardless of their level.”
Mark Boyd, captain of Scotland’s national surfing team, said: “We welcome Wavegarden Scotland’s visionary project and look forward to practising our sport in safe and consistent waves. Having this facility will give the Scottish surfing team a huge edge when it comes to future competitions, to have this as a base will do wonders for the sport.
“Scotland’s surf scene is growing and we have some exciting home grown talent breaking onto the scene. With surfing making its debut as an Olympic Sport at Tokyo 2020, Wavegarden Scotland will play a key role in encouraging and developing future Scottish surfers and putting this fantastic sport in the spotlight.”
Christine Jardine, MP for Edinburgh West, said:“As the local MP for Ratho, I am delighted the village could play host to Scotland’s first surfing lagoon. This will be a great attraction West of the city creating up to 130 new jobs. It will be a fantastic facility for locals and tourists alike.
“Surfing is becoming increasingly popular and in 2020, it will be an Olympic event for the first time. Approving the surfing centre now ensures we in Edinburgh West will be able to make the most of the enthusiasm.”
Andrew McNab, director of Colliers International, handled the development’s planning application said: “Wavegarden Scotland will provide a huge economic boost to Ratho and the surrounding area. We welcome the decision and we are thrilled with the outcome, from the very beginning the consultations received a very positive reception so to hear that the application has been given the green light is fantastic.”
Martin Stevens, director of Harrison Stevens, the landscape architects behind Wavegarden Scotland’s design said: “This is a unique and exciting project, combining the natural ecology heritage and beauty of the area with world-class leisure and sporting facilities. Wavegarden Scotland will be a positive community asset for generations to come and help put Scotland on the map in adventure leisure whilst showcasing the benefits of sustainable ecologically centred masterplanning.”
Paul Robertson, Principal Engineer at WSP, said: “Wavegarden is an exciting and ground-breaking project, which will require complex technical support. WSP has a solid track record of delivering complex multi-disciplinary projects and we keenly anticipate tackling the engineering challenges associated with this exciting addition to the leisure sector in Scotland.”
Located beside the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Wavegarden Scotland will develop existing integrated transportation and leisure links, including with the nearby canal network, into the heart of Edinburgh as well as the wider central belt.