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WSP supports planning application for Scotland’s first wave park

30 May - Global professional services consultancy WSP is lending its support to a planning application submitted today which will help bring the first artificial wave park to Scotland.


Wavegarden Scotland has submitted a planning application for a world-class surf and leisure centre facility to be built at Craigpark Quarry near Ratho, Edinburgh following positive feedback from the public at various consultation events.

WSP will provide the engineering and technical support on the project, overseeing the plans for the man-made loch which is approximately three times the size of an Olympic swimming pool.

To date the multi-disciplinary team have  prepared the technical supporting information including a transport assessment, a flood risk assessment, water and drainage strategies and a preliminary earthworks modelling assessment for the project as well as geotechnical services, utilities planning, and an environmental impact assessment. 

Gordon Allerton, director at WSP, said: “We are delighted to be working with Wavegarden Scotland on such a ground-breaking project, helping them to bring the first artificial wave park to the country.

“If the project gets the green light, our team will be key in providing the technical support for the complex project, using our experience in development and environmental planning to ensure that it delivered to the highest standard and gives visitors the best experience possible.  

“We have our fingers crossed that the project will go ahead, not only will be it an exciting one for WSP, but it will be an exciting addition to the leisure sector in Scotland.”

Andy Hadden, co-founder of Wavegarden Scotland, said: “WSP have been a good support to us during the planning stages of the project.

“We are really looking forward to working with them to bring an international destination of adventure sports to Scotland which will also help give the future generations of water sportsmen and women the opportunity to take their skills to the next level.”

As well as the world-class surf and water sports facility, Wavegarden Scotland’s proposal also includes self-catering luxury lodges, glamping pods, a waterfront café as well as a restaurant, retail spaces, zip line, snow sports area, tubing area, and a car park.

Recent client wins for WSP in Scotland include the country’s first film and TV studio, Pentland Studios, and the regeneration of Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh.

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