14th December 2018

Huge lake takes shape at The Wave Bristol

The project to bring surfing to Bristol is full steam ahead and set to open its doors in Autumn 2019. The earthworks have been completed, the team has appointed building contractor, Andrew Scott Ltd, and work is beginning on the construction phase of the project.

The 185m long lake that lies at the heart of the visionary project is taking shape. A team of diggers and trucks has spent the last 3 months creating the ground levels, and access, putting in services and excavating the lake area. In line with the project’s sustainability principles, all the excavated material is being kept and reused on site. The team has also taken the time to very carefully remove the nutrient rich topsoil and store it so that it can be used later on, giving the best growing conditions for seeding and planting.

The project is now moving into the construction phase and Andrew Scott Ltd has been appointed as the main contractor for the project. With nearly 150 years of experience, the Andrew Scott team has delivered a wide range of public and private sector projects, all of which have been built on quality, innovation and sustainability.

Main contractor starts work

Wave CEO, Craig Stoddart, comments: “We are pleased to welcome the Andrew Scott team on board as our main contractor and it’s incredibly exciting to be moving into the main build phase of the project. Seeing the shape of the lake appear makes everything feel very real – in less than a year people will be surfing in the middle of what is currently a field!”

Mark Bowen, Managing Director at Andrew Scott Ltd said:

“We are delighted to be delivering this exciting, landmark scheme as we approach our 150th year of operation. The Wave Bristol will be an outstanding leisure destination, providing fantastic inland surfing for the region and beyond. We cannot wait to get started”.

A beautiful destination

The Wave will be a beautiful destination on the edge of Bristol where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can try surfing on consistent waves all year round. It will be a space where people can become happier by connecting with water, nature, each other and themselves. As well as the surfing lake there will be gardens to explore, delicious food and drink, and a surf shop.

The Bristol project is on schedule to be fully open to the public in Autumn 2019. The Wave team has also recently announced that it is partnering with Lee Valley Regional Park Authority to bring an in-land surfing destination to London.

Cutting edge technology

The Wave will be using cutting-edge ‘Cove’ wave-making technology from Wavegarden to bring surfing to Bristol. The Cove technology generates up to 1,000 quality waves per hour, with heights starting at 50cm and peaking at almost 2m, allowing people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to experience the joy of surfing. Whether it’s children getting on a board for the first time or a professional surfer training for the Olympics, everyone will be welcome at The Wave.

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Abby Richardson
Wavemaker - Media Team