Paul Shuker, Director in our Planning, Development & Regeneration team, has supported plans to make TraffordCity home to the North West’s first surfing lagoon, which have been submitted to Trafford Council by Belfast-based property developer, McKinney Group.
The £60m plans would see the former container-base site transformed into a world class surfing facility for Greater Manchester, within a well-designed and safe cove environment that is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
Alongside the surf lake will be space for a café/restaurant terrace, pop-up beach bars, surf shop, and changing facilities all within an interactive environment with everything from pump track and fitness zone to a halfpipe/boarding area, and exercise, bouldering and balancing zones.
Powered by Wavegarden, the world leader in man-made, wave-generating technologies, the proposed surfing complex will create consistent waves, perfect for beginners, learners and professionals alike to test their skills.
Billy McKinney, managing director at McKinney Group said: “We are really excited to have submitted our plans to Trafford Council, off the back of months of discussions with the local community, stakeholders and planning officers and, of course, our online consultation at the start of the year.
“We want to thank everyone who got involved with our consultation and let us know what they thought of our plans to deliver the North West’s first inland surfing facility, and we are delighted that over 85% of all feedback received expressed support for our proposals.”
He added: “TraffordCity already has a huge and growing leisure offer and we are looking forward to bringing something new to the area that is thrilling, interactive and accessible to be enjoyed by surfers of all abilities We await our application coming before Trafford Council and look forward to getting people on the waves by 2023.”
James Whittaker, Peel L&P executive development director, said: “It’s fantastic to see the plans for this unique and world class facility move forwards, following the public consultation period.
“At Peel L&P we’re committed to investing and developing TraffordCity for the benefit of the local community and economy. Our partnerships with developers and leisure businesses, such as McKinney Group, continue to enable us to make TraffordCity one of the most experiential retail and leisure destinations in the UK.”
Paul Shuker, director at Lambert Smith Hampton, said: “We are delighted to be supporting these proposals and believe that this development will complement the existing leisure offer and regenerate one of its last remaining brownfield sites in TraffordCity, helping to complete the area.
“We predict that this development will bring a huge boost to the local tourism sector, with over 350,000 extra visitors to TraffordCity, generating over £18m a year. As well a boost to tourism, the development is also estimated to create up to 240 permanent jobs once open, both directly and indirectly, with a further 60 jobs created during construction.
“McKinney Group’s plans will enable those living across Greater Manchester and the North West to access an Olympic Sport that is growing in popularity, will help to promote an active lifestyle more generally, and will put Greater Manchester on the surfing circuit for local, national and international competitions.”
The £60 million scheme will be located on Peel L&P’s brownfield site off Barton Dock Road in Trafford Park. It will be the first inland surfing facility to open in the North West and is earmarked to be open by 2023.
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