Surf Snowdonia will use Wavegarden technology to create ideal surfing waves in a purpose built outdoor lagoon, and will also include a wakeboard lake, water slide, lodges, restaurant, retail and play facilities over 18 hectares at a former aluminium factory site in Dolgarrog. The large scale regeneration project could be open by the summer of 2014.
Seán Young, Director, Destination Consulting at Colliers International, said, “Colliers’ Destination Consulting team has acted as lead business planning advisor for Surf Snowdonia providing detailed market and financial feasibility work, so it’s fantastic that we will soon see this project come to life. Surf Snowdonia is set to deliver the first commercial Wavegarden surf lagoon and the first leisure attraction of this nature both in the UK and the world, which is a very exciting prospect and terrific achievement.”
Conwy Adventure Leisure’s managing director, Steve Davies, said, “We welcome the decision by the Conwy Council Planning Authority to approve our plans to transform the Dolgarrog site into Europe’s first Wave Garden surfing facility.
“The Surf Snowdonia facility will be a world-class visitor attraction, attracting up to 75,000 visitors a year. It will showcase North Wales as the Heart of Adventure, not to mention creating approximately 100 jobs in the local area.
“We have spent eight months developing this project and will now take a short period of reflection to address, and consider the implications of, the recommendations made by the Council before continuing to the next stage.”