Contractor on board for £55m for Edinburgh surf hub

The program will be the nation’s first indoor surfing destination using revolutionary new technology.

The works will also include the construction of overnight accommodation, a cafe and restaurant on the waterfront and commercial spaces next to the surf park and surf school.

Malcolm Construction has overseen the construction of some of Scotland’s most iconic sport and leisure developments including the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, the temporary athletics track at Hampden Park for the games and the Hydro Arena with a capacity of 14,000 at the SEC in Glasgow.

Doig+Smith will oversee the management of the project and has secured support from environmental design consultants Atelier Ten, architects Oberlanders, landscape architects HarrisonStevens, engineering consultants Ramage Young and real estate experts Colliers.

The Wavegarden Scotland development is due to open to the public in the summer of 2024.

Andy Hadden, founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd, which is developing Wavegarden Scotland, said: “It has taken many years of hard work and collaboration to get here and we couldn’t be happier to see work begin on the first park. of Scotland’s indoor surfing.

“A lot of preparatory work has been done behind the scenes with backers and with our design team and partners to ensure this new facility will be a world-class leisure destination. The start of construction is a special time for any the team and marks a major step in our journey.

“All of the companies nominated to work with us have a solid reputation in their respective fields of engineering and project management and I am delighted that they share our vision of delivering one of the greatest leisure attractions in Scotland of this century.”

Walter Malcolm, Managing Director of Malcolm Construction, said, “Everyone at Malcolm Construction is thrilled to be part of this innovative project. We have extensive experience in delivering complex engineering works and look forward to working with the team at Wavegarden Scotland to deliver such an important attraction for Scotland.

Gordon McLintock, Director of Doig+Smith added: “We have provided project management, cost management, lead designer and supervisor services for the project, so it is incredibly exciting to see the project start to grow into a reality.

“We have extensive experience in large-scale projects such as this, including the new Port of Aberdeen project, significant work over many years at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports, and multiple educational projects across the country in the private and public sectors. We consider it a privilege to be part of the team that brings Scotland’s first indoor surf park to life.

The development, set in a 60-acre natural park, will use the latest wave generation technology called The Cove, developed by Wavegarden in Spain. The site will accommodate surfers of all skill levels who can surf the 1,000 bespoke ocean waves created per hour.

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