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New images released for Manchester wave pool

Modern Surf Manchester made the news cycle this week with design plans officially submitted to Trafford Council by Leslie Jones Architecture and developers McKinney Group.

The new design plans give more detail than previous ones the project floated through press agencies. In the latest renderings, we get a glimpse of the skate park and Wavegarden Cove layout, both with unique yellow color accents.

Modern Surf Manchester is a £60m outdoor wave pool planned for a plot of land near the Trafford Centre. The Belfast-based property developer wants to develop an area near Barton Dock Road in Trafford Park. They are awaiting a decision.

The plans call for a full-size Wavegarden Cove surrounded by a fitness zone, skate park, pump track and other “action activities.” Amenities will include a bar, restaurant and equipment centre.

Modern Surf designs by Leslie Jones Architecture

If approved it will help rebrand the area as a health destination and sit adjacent to a massive £250m Therme Manchester resort planned at a nearby location. That site will have warm water lagoons, slides, botanical gardens and spa facilities.

With the recent announcement of an Endless Surf wave pool in Sefton, should all go according to plan this will become the ninth wave pool in the UK, making England the most wave pool friendly nation on earth.

“As well as the clear financial benefits the proposals will deliver, Modern Surf Manchester will also provide significant health and well-being benefits locally,” said Billy McKinney, Managing Director at McKinney Group. “It is well-known that water-based sports can have a huge positive impact on physical and mental wellbeing, so I am looking forward to opening more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in surfing.”

Modern Surf Manchester is expected to open by 2023 if permission is granted and create roughly 100 full-time jobs.


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