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EXTREME SPORTS l DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE


Surf Snowdonia is aiming to offer perfect waves to its visitors


■ Swansea Hatchery Swansea Bay, UK Opening: 2017


■ Surf Snowdonia Snowden, UK Opening: June 2015


Plans for a huge surf facility in Snowden, north Wales have been given the go-ahead after gaining unanimous consent from Conwy County Borough councillors. To be built in Conwy Valley on the site of


a former aluminium factory, Surf Snowdonia will feature a 30,000sq m (322,000sq ft) Wavegarden lake, 14,000sq m (150,000sq ft) wakeboarding lake, waterslide, restau-


rant, retail and indoor play facilities. The attraction will also include accom- modation, with low impact, sleeping ‘pods’ to be located along the lake’s water- front. Larger lodges will also be built and will retain the naturalistic character of the woodlands surrounding the lake. The attraction aims to off er an authentic


surfi ng experience with technology created by Spanish company Wavegarden creating consistent 6ft (1.8m) waves for surfers. Around 70,000 visitors and thrilll-seekers are predicted on an annual basis. Details: http://lei.sr?a=k3O4e


Swansea Bay could soon boast a tidal lagoon featuring an international watersport centre and oyster hatchery as part of radical new redevelopment plans. London 2012 Olympic Park designer LDA Design has released its masterplan for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, featuring the world’s fi rst, man-made energy-generating lagoon, which would provide clean, renewable power for over 120,000 homes and could be connected to the national grid by 2018. Inspired by traditional fi shing warehouses and boat houses, design of the 4,000sq m (43,056sq ft) building for the watersport and hatchery centre has been developed by FaulknerBrowns as a key component of the lagoon. The centre would provide a hub for


both recreational and competitive sporting facilities, alongside sustainably focussed research and development of various marine industries. Details: http://lei.sr?a=F6Y9a


■ Isanti BMX Minnesota, US Opening: TBC


Plans have been tabled for a US$1.6m (£1m, €1.2m) indoor BMX facility in the city of Isanti, Minnesota in the US, near an existing outdoor track.


www.sportshandbook.com The 72,000sq ft (6,689sq m) facility


would be owned by the city and paid for through a city-issued 10-year bond scheme. The facility will be the only one of its type within a 100 mile radius, with the offi cial body for BMX in the US guaranteeing that it will not sanction any other new tracks in the region for at least the next 10 years. Details: http://lei.sr?a=E0L8O


The plans are part of a larger lagoon scheme


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