Plans to convert an Edinburgh quarry into an artificial surf park, with WSP as engineering and technical consultants, has been given the go-ahead.
Craigpark Quarry near Ratho, Edinburgh will be redeveloped into a “world-class” surfing and family leisure centre by Wavegarden Scotland. It has been abandoned since 1990.
Proposals for the redevelopment were designed by WSP, landscape architects Harrison Stevens and Colliers International. Construction will begin within three years.
A new footbridge link from the quarry across the Union Canal secured partial funding in a previous planning application and will be fully funded as part of the project.
WSP principal engineer Paul Robertson said: “Wavegarden is an exciting and ground-breaking project, which will require complex technical support.
“WSP has a solid track record of delivering complex multi-disciplinary projects and we keenly anticipate tackling the engineering challenges associated with this exciting addition to the leisure sector in Scotland.”
Wavegarden Scotland will also include a surf school, self-catering guest lodges, camping pods, a waterfront café and restaurant, retail spaces, a zip line, a water tubing area, a BMX track, a snow-sports training jump, and a car park.
Harrison Stevens director Martin Stevens said: “This is a unique and exciting project, combining the natural ecology heritage and beauty of the area with world-class leisure and sporting facilities.
“Wavegarden Scotland will be a positive community asset for generations to come and will help put Scotland on the map in adventure leisure while showcasing the benefits of sustainable ecologically centred master planning.”