Surf’s up in Trafford after council waves through £60m lagoon
Irish developer McKinney Group is to create Modern Surf on Peel L&P-owned land near the Trafford Centre.
Trafford Council has this week approved plans for the £60m surf centre, paving the way for the redevelopment of the 15-acre brownfield site off Barton Dock Road.
The scheme is billed as the North West’s first inland man-made surf complex and features a lagoon powered by Wavegarden, a company that specialises in wave generating technologies.
Bar and restaurant facilities and other interactive attractions for visitors also feature in McKinney’s plans.
There would also be a fitness zone, including a halfpipe skateboarding area, bouldering facility, and other activity spaces at the site.
The attraction is due to open in 2023.
Billy McKinney, managing director of McKinney Group, said: “We’re delighted that Trafford Council has approved our proposals for Modern Surf, which will complement the already excellent leisure-based activities in TraffordCity and help to inspire the next generation of surfers and athletes.”
Leslie Jones Architecture is the lead architect for the project and Exterior Architecture is the landscape advisor. Lambert Smith Hampton is McKinney’s planning consultant. Hydrock is the engineer for the scheme. BECG is the strategic communications agency for McKinney Group.
Modern Surf’s approval follows that of Therme, a £250m, 700,000 sq ft wellness resort and spa, last year, as Peel L&P aims to boost the leisure offer at Trafford Park.
“Modern Surf will bring something unique to an already strong leisure offering,” said James Whittaker, executive development director at Peel L&P,
“Our vision is to be the UK’s number one destination for retail, leisure and business in a sustainable environment, where over the last 25 years we have created over 17,500 jobs and invested over £1.6bn.”
The plans for the project were submitted in July and were approved under delegated powers.