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PRESS RELEASE: Wavegarden Scotland receives green light to develop Scotland’s first artificial surf park

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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.

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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.

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PLANNING APPLICATION UPDATE

  • A big thanks to our design team who helped prepare the application and all the accompanying information and studies. You can find out more about our consultants here.
  • You can keep uptodate with the application progress here.
  • The determination deadline is listed as 29th September 2017 on the CEC website, but we consider this to be very optimistic.
  • 606 public comments were received which is very encouraging from a community/stakeholder engagement point of view. A fantastic 563 (93%) of these were comments of support! A big thank you to all those who took the time to get behind the project. We will continue with our endeavours to try and address the concerns of the small minority (6 neutral and 37 objections) who have reservations about the proposals.

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A big thanks to the team at Render Studio for their great work in producing the following renders. We’re sure you’ll agree that they bring the site to life and feed the imagination!

Pre-application consultation

screen-shot-2017-02-16-at-09-35-56We are holding two public consultation drop-in sessions as detailed above.

If you are not able to attend either of these events then please take a few minutes to review our proposals and complete the feedback form below. Your answers to the questions posed, along with any comments, will be included in the Pre-Application Consultation report which will form part of the Planning Application Pack submitted to The City of Edinburgh Council in support of the application.

Please note that the purpose of this consultation is to provide information and seek views from the public and local community regarding the development proposals. Comments made as part of this consultation are not representations to the local authority. Once a planning application is lodged, normal neighbour notification and publicity will be undertaken at which time there will be the opportunity to make formal representations regarding the proposal.

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Please give us your feedback on our proposals before Monday 13th March 2017.

Public invited to hear proposals for planned new international surfing destination

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Tartan Leisure Ltd, developers of ‘Wavegarden Scotland’ – a potential new multi-million pound surfing and leisure facility, will unveil their proposals at a series of public consultation events on 22 and 27 February, before submitting a planning application in late spring.

This major leisure attraction which is a first for Scotland, plans to transform the disused Craigpark Quarry pit near Ratho into a huge artificial lake with revolutionary new wave technology, developed by Wavegarden in Spain – the company behind Surf Snowdonia who welcomed over 150,000 visitors last year.

This state-of-the-art technology can generate consistent world class waves for any level of surfer, from beginner to Olympic athlete, at the flick of a switch. Surfing is an ever-growing sport and will feature at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the first time. Advances in wetsuit technology also means that surfers can be guaranteed warmth all year round.

The planned site lies directly across from the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena and it’s hoped that together, these facilities could put Ratho on the map as an international outdoor adventure destination, providing huge benefits to the local economy.

As well as the surfing and water sports facilities, the proposed plans also include self-catering lodges, a café, car park, retail outlets and a large country park for walkers, runners and cyclists to enjoy.

The Wavegarden Scotland development expects to create more than 80 jobs, including specialised water sports jobs and a variety of roles in retail, catering and leisure.

Andy Hadden, the co-founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd said: “Wavegarden Scotland is a thrilling new concept in the adventure leisure industry. If approved, it could position Scotland as a leading surfing destination as the country already has some world-class natural breaks. We’ve received fantastic feedback on our plans to date and we look forward to sharing them with the local community.”

Councillor Gavin Barrie, convener of City of Edinburgh Council’s Economic Committee said: “The Wavegarden Scotland project appears an exciting addition to active participant sport in the Edinburgh area. Anything that encourages people, whether young or old, to lead an active lifestyle and enjoy all the benefits that come with it is likely to garner support across the city. Hopefully others will share my enthusiasm for development.”

William Watson, President of the Scottish Surfing Federation said: “We fully support this fantastic project and will continue to work with Tartan Leisure Ltd to ensure it fits with the best interests of Scottish surfing.”

The public consultation events will be held on

  • Wednesday 22 February, 3.30pm – 7.30pm at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Ratho (Patey Suite)
  • Monday 27 February, 2.30pm – 7.30pm at Ratho Library

Invitation to public consultation

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It’s been a while….

It’s been over 2 years since we last posted, so we thought an update was long overdue! First and foremost this project is not ‘dead in the water’! As we’re sure most will appreciate, a project of this size takes a lot of planning and effort to get off the ground. There certainly has been a lot of hard work going on in the background.

We have now signed an exclusivity agreement with Wavegarden for the territory of Scotland and submitted our Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) with the City of Edinburgh Council. We are very excited about submitting our planning application by the end of March 2017!

There have been 3 key developments that have injected significant momentum into the ‘Wavegarden Scotland’ project and enabled us to progress the above:

  1. Surfing has become an Olympic Sport! This is fantastic news for the sport’s global exposure: https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-approves-five-new-sports-for-olympic-games-tokyo-2020
  2. Wavegarden has delivered two commercial facilities at Surf Snowdonia, Wales (https://surfsnowdonia.com/) and Nland Surf Park, Texas (http://nlandsurfpark.com/). Surf Snowdonia claim to have welcomed 150,000 visitors to their facility during 2016 which is very encouraging.
  3. Wavegarden is about to launch a new product called ‘The Cove’ that we will be installing at our Edinburgh project. This new product can produce a much higher frequency of wave and the technology on which it is based is much more reliable.

We hope this gives those who are interested in the project a good summary update. We will be posting more frequently on this website as the planning application gathers pace and when Wavegarden formally launch ‘The Cove’.

 

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A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to canvass the local political hierarchy in advance of a formal planning application. These meetings are out of general courtesy and also to garner political support for the planning process. Overall the meetings have been hugely positive!

Our fully worked indicative presentation boards for public consultation can be viewed here: 14048_141006_001_01-03_WavegardenEdinburgh_v4