Surf’s up at The Wave

Revised plans for an inland surfing lake close to Bristol have been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council,  reflecting a slight change to the technology which will be used in the surfing lake

When complete, The Wave will provide a unique leisure and educational facility for people of all ages and surfing ability, just a few miles north of Bristol city centre in Easter Compton.

Working alongside a number of partners including, Bristol-based APG Architects and GVA Bilfinger, the team at LHC’s Exeter studio have designed the detailed landscape plans for the project which respond to the location and character of the surrounding area and comprise sensory gardens, woodland walks, wetland experience and wildflower meadows.

The Wave will also include an education centre, café, surf shop, surf equipment hire, changing facilities and an amenity space for surf fitness training. Other facilities include a campsite and natural swimming pool.

At the centre of the development, a freshwater lagoon powered by pioneering Wavegarden technology will generate man-made waves for surfers. Wavegarden technology builds on traditional artificial wave techniques and optimises them to achieve a wave frequency and quality that can be adjusted to suit all abilities from beginners to professionals.

Paul Osborne, LHC Urban Design Director said:

“We’re thrilled to be involved in this exciting and innovative project.  The landscape design picks up on The Wave’s wider objectives of education, health and well-being, and will enhance the biodiversity and landscape quality of the site.  We’re looking forward to working with the team to deliver the scheme and visiting with our surf boards in due course.”