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Plans approved for £10m Edinburgh artificial surf lagoon

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Urban designer HarrisonStevens has won approval to build Scotland’s first artificial wave park in the former Craigpark Quarry near Ratho, Edinburgh

The Wavegarden Scotland scheme will create a 23ha park complete with an artificial lake ‘offering word-class surf and leisure facilities’, a number of self-catering luxury lodges, glamping pods, a waterfront café and restaurant, shops, zip line, water tubing area, snow sports area as well as a car park.

Architects have yet to be chosen for the detailed designs of the individual buildings.

The design will integrate with existing transport and leisure links, such as the nearby canal network into the heart of Edinburgh as well as the wider central belt.

HarrisonStevens said the Wavegarden would use ‘state-of-the-art wave generation technology called the Cove’ to create the ‘most advanced surfing and water sport facilities in the world, with the capability to enable elite-level sports training and development’.

Andy Hadden, the co-founder of Tartan Leisure which is developing Wavegarden Scotland, said: ‘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 £11 million 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, lifeguards, and active outdoor enthusiasts.’

HarrisonStevens is an Edinburgh-based masterplanning and landscape firm. It was set up by Mike Harrison – a former urban design head at Broadway Malyan – and ex-Edaw director Martin Stevens.

The firm is working with engineering and technical consultants WSP and Colliers International.

Project data

Location – Craigpark Quarry, Ratho, Edinburgh
Type of project – Outdoor leisure complex including water sports, within a wider country park (24Ha)
Client – Tartan Leisure
Landscape architect / Masterplanner - HarrisonStevens
Planning consultant - Colliers
Multi service engineer - WSP
Quantity surveyor- Gleeds
CGI / Visuals – Render Studio
Economic assessment – MKA economics
Architect - None yet appointed
Funding – Privately funded consortium
Tender date - to be confirmed
Start on site date – End 2018 / start 2019
Completion date - 2020
Contract duration – tbc circa 20 months
Gross internal floor area - Hub11,000ft²

          • Wets (surf academy) – 2,250ft²
          • The Point (café & pod facilities) – 1,600ft²
          • Wavegarden Plantroom – 650ft²
          • Accommodation – around 30 lodges and 60 pods


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