The UK’s most landlocked location to go surfing will be located just a 20-minute drive from Coventry.
Coleshill in North Warwickshire is set to become home to the UK’s most landlocked wave park after plans for a new £25 million facility were revealed a few weeks ago.
The planning application lodged by Emerge Surf is for a 15-acre site, around seven miles to the east of Coleshill City Centre. Features will include a 5.4-acre surf lagoon, an outdoor heated swimming pool, a perimeter track for one wheel self-balancing electric skateboards and a 1,600 sq metre hub building.
The park, named Emerge Surf Birmingham, will also be home to a surf school, surf shop, café and restaurant, multi-purpose fitness studio, physio and massage room and children’s play area.
With the closest surfable ocean waves more than 100 miles away, this new facility will be a haven for landlocked surfers and those keen to try the sport for the first time.
The wave park will be easily accessible from the M6 and M42 motorways with more than 7.6 million people within a one hour drive of the venue and 27 million within two hours. It is also close to Birmingham Airport, Birmingham International Railway Station and the future HS2 Interchange Station.
Emerge Surf Birmingham is expected to create 100 full-time equivalent jobs, attract around 250,000 visitors a year and deliver an annual economic boost of between £18 million-£21 million to the region.
Initial plans, subject to planning approval, show construction commencing later this year and the park opening in Spring 2021.
Steve Price, Founder and CEO of Emerge Surf, said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time in the development of surfing. The mental and physical benefits of the sport are increasingly understood and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will hugely increase levels of interest and participation. In parallel, the significant strides made in wave pool technologies have the potential to make the sport accessible to all.
“Our vision is to not only provide a world-class surfing experience for surfers of all levels, but also a wide range of complementary activities. We are proud to be developing the UK’s most landlocked wave park with the support of our partners, Wavegarden, Surfing England, Surf Life Saving Great Britain, The Wave Project, Future Motion Inc and Seaholm.
“We’re confident that bringing a little slice of the ocean to Birmingham will deliver a positive social impact and boost mental and physical wellbeing. In addition, we’re very keen to work with local schools not only to teach children to surf but also to offer swimming lessons and instruction in water safety.”
Emerge Surf Birmingham will work in partnership with national governing body Surfing England to deliver certificated surfing tuition and with registered charity Surf Life Saving Great Britain on a wide range of courses for water safety.
It is also partnering with non-profit The Wave Project to deliver therapy through surfing to local children suffering from a range of mental health issues.