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The Coolest Project in Wales – Surf Snowdonia

08-Sep-2014

D Morgan are delighted to be the Main Contractor to build the UK’s first onshore Surf Centre (http://www.surfsnowdonia.co.uk/ ) for Conwy Adventure Leisure in the Conwy valley at Dolgarrog.
Surf Snowdonia will be a showcase for the World’s first publicly accessible Wavegarden® artificial surfing lagoon. This revolutionary concept, which has fired the imagination of the World’s surfers, generates powerful and consistent surfing waves, of varying heights up to 2m, in a 300m long lagoon. It is ideal for all surfers, from grommets (beginners both young and old) to professional surfers, and will be a fantastic family destination. Surf Snowdonia will also play host to events, competitions and surf demos, giving the public access to the World’s top surfers.
Complementing the Wavegarden facility will be a range of other exciting attractions. The Hub building will feature a 50m long café, restaurant and bar positioned immediately alongside the surfing lagoon, whose glass front will allow visitors to enjoy food and drink whilst watching the surfing action close-up.
On the site of the derelict former Dolgarrog Aluminium works D Morgan are in the process of constructing the 300m long x 113m wide reservoir to house the surfing lagoon. Works have commenced with site clearance, cut and fill bulk earthworks, breaking up of existing brick and concrete; the importing of a substantial quantity of hardcore; and the remediation of contaminated hotspots.

The project is in a sensitive environmental location. It is adjacent to the tidal River Conwy and surrounded by a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), an oak and birch woodland rich in invertebrates with a large badger population, so the control of contaminated ground water and the general control of ground waters during construction is of paramount importance.

The progress of the works can be followed on http://www.surfsnowdonia.co.uk/full-steam-ahead-on-site/

D Morgan are employing several local people on the project.
 
In addition to the structures the works will include extensive landscaping and the provision of screened car parks. The contract will be worth £5m to D Morgan. Completion will be in the summer of 2015.