Development wins backing
Wave Garden secures quarry water sports plan
The former quarry will become a new water sports venue
Wavegarden Scotland has received planning permission to redevelop a disused quarry near Edinburgh into a world-class surfing and family leisure facility.
The major leisure attraction is a first for Scotland and Wavegarden Scotland will now transform the former Craigpark Quarry near Ratho into a man-made lake with revolutionary new wave technology, developed by Wavegarden in Spain.\
It is the same company that developed the technology behind Surf Snowdonia, which welcomed more than 155,000 visitors last year.
The proposal, which had already received overwhelmingly positive feedback from public consultation events held last year, has been masterplanned and designed by landscape architects HarrisonStevens, with engineering and technical consultation provided by WSP, and planning and development advice by Colliers International.
The new centre also includes a surf school, self-catering luxury guest lodges, glamping pods, a waterfront café and restaurant, retail spaces, zip line, water tubing area, integrated natural play, bike skills track, and a snow-sports training jump.
Andy Hadden, the co-founder of Tartan Leisure which is developing the project, said: “We believe that 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 £11m 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, life guards, and active outdoor enthusiasts.”