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Plans revealed for £10m Edinburgh surf lagoon

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Urban designers HarrisonStevens has submitted outline plans 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 a man-made lock ‘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 and a car park.

However architects have yet to be chosen for many of the 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.

According to the practice, which was set up by Mike Harrison – a former urban design head at Broadway Malyan – and ex-Edaw director Martin Stevens, the project will be built before surfing makes its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Edinburgh-based msterplanning and landscape firm 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, co-founder of project-backer Wavegarden Scotland said: ‘We’re cautiously optimistic that our years of research, consultation and planning will pay off. We believe our facility will enhance Ratho as an international destination for adventure sports, and we’re delighted that we have the chance to deliver the project in a brownfield site within an old quarry.’

HarrisonStevens is working with engineering and technical consultants WSP and Colliers International, which is providing planning and development advice.

Subject to planning, work is expected to start on site in January 2018 and to complete in 2019.



Project data

Location Ratho, Edinburgh
Type of project Landscape Masterplan and Water Based Leisure
Client Tartan Leisure
Architect Not yet appointed
Masterplanner HarrisonStevens
Landscape architect HarrisonStevens
Planning consultant Colliers International
Structural engineer WSP
Quantity surveyor Gleeds
Funding Private
Tender date TBC
Start on site date Provisional January 2018
Completion date Provisional Easter 2019
Total cost circa £10 million

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