Scotland’s first artificial wave park plans unveiled

Wavegarden Scotland have just submitted a planning application to build Scotland's first artificial wave park to the City of Edinburgh Council.

The location chosen for this development is Craigpark Quarry, which Wavegarden Scotland plan to redevelop into a water sports facility. 

Plans for the development also include the construction of self-catering luxury lodges, glamping pods and food & drink areas - turning the project into a tourism venture too.

The proposal was presented to the public for consultation on two occasions, both of which resulted in zero objections being filed.

Wavegarden Scotland’s co-founder, Andy Hadden, 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.”

The park is designed to be ecologically mindful of the landscape, celebrating the diverse environment and materials of its surroundings and featuring a large country park for visitors to walk, run or cycle at. The former quarry has been used as a centre point from which to guide the design of the park - with a focus on helping to maintain the original ecology of the area.

Once finished, Wavegarden Scotland will become one of the most cutting-edge facilities of its kind, capable of mimicking water conditions tailored to challenge even the most elite-level sports athletes.

Scott Brewster, Wavegarden Scotland’s other co-founder, said: “We are hopeful we’ll be able to open the doors to these world-class waves in the near future. The high-performance offering of our facility will cater for a number of different sports and we hope that Wavegarden Scotland will help future generations of water sportsmen and women take their skills to the next level.”

Source: Scottish Construction Now