Today we’re able to tell you that we’re partnering with Lee Valley Regional Park Authority to develop a planning application for one of our world-class surfing destinations in the heart of London. The Wave London project will help to reinvigorate the land next to to the Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Edmonton, North London, and encourage more people to get outside in nature, get active and, most important, get surfing.
The £40m project is set to enhance around 100 acres of land in Lee Valley Regional Park and could make London the first capital city in the world to offer an inland surfing destination. As with The Wave Bristol, the site will be designed to allow people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to have a go at surfing, whether it’s a child stepping on a board for the first time, or a pro-surfer training for the Olympics.
The project is at an early stage and a program of consultation with local people and interested organizations will take place, alongside extensive, detailed site analysis – and subject to the results of this, a planning application will be submitted.
We are currently full steam ahead building The Wave Bristol and can’t wait to open our doors there next autumn. In parallel we will be developing plans for London, working with Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and speaking to local people to make sure our project meets their needs.
Surfing is an incredible sport, which has proven health benefits – both physically and mentally. The Wave London would give people the chance to try surfing and experience these benefits in an urban environment. We want to create a space where people can have an amazing time by connecting with nature, each other and themselves.
Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, is as excited about the project as we are. He said:
“The Wave London would complement our existing world class sports venues up and down the 26-mile-long Regional Park, including our three hugely popular London 2012 legacy venues providing the best cycling, white water, hockey and tennis opportunities to be found anywhere.
“Lee Valley Leisure Complex was once a sewage works and rubbish dumps. A generation ago we built what was then Europe’s largest leisure centre. Now we hope to bring inland surfing here to create an outstanding new leisure destination for the capital and the region. This marks another exciting chapter in the history of the Lee Valley.”
Stay tuned as The Wave London project continues to develop…