Newsletter - Links - Advertise - Contact Us - Cookies
 

Plans filed to transform disused Ratho quarry into wave park

Bookmark and Share | Send to friend

May 30 2017

  Plans filed to transform disused Ratho quarry into wave park
Wavegarden Scotland have formally submitted plans to City of Edinburgh Council to build a new artificial wave park for surfers within the disused Craigpark Quarry, Ratho.

Masterplanned and designed by landscape architects HarrisonStevens the 23 hectare watersports venue takes its cue from the stone and rubble of the current site, re-using material to help bed the development down along with carefully chosen plants to aid restoration of the local ecology.

Plugging into Edinburgh’s canal network the surf and leisure facility will take the form of a manmade loch, building on the success of the nearby Edinburgh International Climbing Arena to create a broader hub for outdoors enthusiasts.

Andy Hadden, co-founder of Wavegarden Scotland commented: “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.”

In addition to watersports the centre will also offer visitors access to self-catering lodges, glamping pods, a waterfront café and restaurant, retail, a zip line, water tubing and snow-sports.
A new entrance path will open up access to the former quarry
A new entrance path will open up access to the former quarry
A viewing platform will offer visitors a panoramic vista of the activities taking place below
A viewing platform will offer visitors a panoramic vista of the activities taking place below

The ambitious masterplan has been four years in the making
The ambitious masterplan has been four years in the making

2 Comments

David Walker
#1 Posted by David Walker on 30 May 2017 at 11:11 AM
What a cracking idea, turning and otherwise unusable area into a major sporting venue. I hope it all takes off.
Terra
#2 Posted by Terra on 30 May 2017 at 21:06 PM
Fantastic. Gerrit built!

Post your comments

 

All comments are pre-moderated and
must obey our house rules.

 

Back to May 2017

Search News
Subscribe to Urban Realm Magazine
Features & Reports
For more information from the industry visit our Features & Reports section.