Surf Snowdonia, North Wales

The Surf Snowdonia project located in Conwy Valley, in the lee of the Snowdonia Mountains, North Wales, is the world’s first commercially run artificial surfing lake.

The lagoon is built on a former industrial site once home to the Dolgarrog aluminium factory. Originally an aluminium rolling and casting works that closed in 2007 the site had become derelict, brownfield wasteland. It now features a 300-metre surf lagoon, along with additional features including SUP safaris, kayaking and kiddies soft play.

Construction of the pioneering wave garden started in 2014 and Clancy Consulting provided CDM-C services from the beginning of the project. Ensuring sustainability and minimising environmental impact throughout the project. Which involved 25,000 cubic metres of onsite material being pulled from the old foundations, crushed and reused in construction. Also 85% of the stone used in construction was recycled, making the new site far more environmentally friendly than it has previously been.

The development, opened in Summer 2015,  has won a number of awards including the Planning for the Environment Award at Planning Magazine’s inaugural award ceremony. It has also won the North Wales Tourism Award at the Daily Post Business Awards 2016, in addition to the prestegious Year of Adventure Award at the Go North Wales Awards.

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