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BACA reveals plans for extreme-sports complex in Newham

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London-based BACA Architects has unveiled these images of a surf centre and extreme sports complex, part of the £1.5 billion redevelopment of Silvertown Quays in Newham, east London.

If given the green light, the project will be created from a large part of the pontoon docks, bringing a 'unique' visitor attraction to the area and providing London with its largest permanent outdoor beach.

The scheme will sit alongside markets, specialist sports shops, restaurants, cafés and Terry Farrell's Biota! Aquarium.

Built in two stages, the Silvertown Venture Xtreme complex will have the surf centre, plus an indoor adventure centre boasting an indoor 'wave' rider, a climbing wall, a scuba dive tank, an ice climbing wall and an ice bar.

According to developer Venture Xtreme, the perfect waves will be produced in a specially designed enclosure, holding more than 7,000m3 of heated water and creating waves of up to 1.8m that will roll 100m down the dock.

Venture Xtreme claims the scheme will attract 100,000 surfers a year, with at least five times as many spectators.

The scheme will also provide a 100m-wide beach, and in the evenings it will be possible to rent 'fire pits' for larger groups as well as barbecue areas.

by Richard Vaughan

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