Artificial surf park developers get green light to build accommodation

THE developer of Scotland’s first artificial surf park has received unanimous support for its planning application from the City of Edinburgh Council to build accommodation at the development.

Tartan Leisure Ltd, the organisation behind the Wavegarden Scotland project, revealed that the permission includes the HUB complex, which will provide food, retail, changing and leisure facilities, together with overnight accommodation.

Last year, Tartan Leisure received planning permission to redevelop the disused Craigpark Quarry near Ratho into a surfing destination. Since then, enabling work has been carried out to prepare the site for the next stage of development.

The new planning permission gives the green light for the HUB, with facilities including a restaurant, retail outlet, a surf school, a wellness spa, a café and a number of viewing terraces and an observation deck, overlooking the surf. Set within a 60-acre country park, Tartan Leisure said the waterside accommodation will cater for all needs, including school and family groups as well as international surfers, through luxury lodges, glamping pods, accessible wave pods, bothies and canal births.

Andy Hadden, co-founder of Tartan Leisure said, “This is a major milestone in our journey to bring this world class surfing and leisure destination to the capital. Importantly, we are supporting local business along the way to help us deliver fantastic amenities, all set in this stunning country park.”

The glamping pods and accessible wave pods will be provided by Edinburgh based Armadilla. MD Archie Hunter commented, “We are delighted to bring our sustainable, high-quality and iconic eco-pods to this landmark new development and providing this accommodation on our home turf makes it extra special. I’m sure guests will find that the entire experience at the Wavegarden Scotland development really offers the wow factor.”

Lothian-based Rogue Village will launch Canteen, a contemporary food court, as well as curate the event programme. The firm’s Peter Maniam added, “The Wavegarden Scotland development will become one of the UK’s most forward-thinking, family-friendly venues and we are delighted to develop a unique food destination with the local community at the heart of our plans.”

The Wavegarden Scotland development is expected to open in 2022.