Gloucestershire leisure park ‘The Wave’ gets go ahead.

Green light for inland surfing facility

South Gloucestershire Council has granted a resolution for approval on the application to build an ‘inland surfing experience’ at Washingpool Farm in Easter Compton, with a majority vote of nine to one with one abstention. 

 
Bristol-based APG Architecture and the landscape design team from the Exeter studio of LHC are key partners in The Wave. The former has designed a masterplan for the scheme, ‘with buildings set sensitively within LHC’s carefully designed landscape’ which includes sensory gardens, woodland walks, a wetland experience and wildflower meadows.

The Wave brings together surfing, nature and education, says APG Architecture. At the centre of the development will be a freshwater lagoon, which will use Wavegarden® technology by Instant Sport in Spain, ‘to generate perfect surfing waves for both experienced surfers and beginners alike’.
 
‘This is the culmination of three years’ very hard work and we are very excited that South Gloucestershire Council has chosen to give it the go ahead,’ says The Wave co-founder Nick Hounsfield. ‘The team at APG Architecture and LHC have provided invaluable input and unstinting support throughout – the entire process has been a team effort from the beginning.

Paul Osborne, director of the landscape team at LHC says the scheme’s landscape design picks up on the wider objectives of education, health and well-being, as well as ‘enhancing the biodiversity and landscape quality of the site’.   

Nick Hounsfield believes that The Wave will have a hugely positive impact on people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in the local area, Bristol and further afield. ‘We can’t wait to get this project built and open to the public. Now that planning has been granted, the project can quickly progress to the next stage – we hope to start work on site this year and be open by Summer 2015.’

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