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Birmingham surf facility is approved

Words: Laura Edgar
Surf facility in Birmingham / Emerge Surf Birmingham

North Warwickshire Borough Council’s planning and development board has unanimously granted planning permission for a £25 million surf facility seven miles east of the centre of Birmingham.

Emerge Surf Birmingham will be located on a 15-acre site in Coleshill. It has been estimated that the facility would create 100 full-time equivalent jobs and attract 250,000 visitors.

The park will feature:

  • a 5.4-acre surf lagoon, powered by Wavegarden’s Cove technology; 
  • an outdoor heated swimming pool;
  • a hub building;
  • a perimeter track for Onewheel electric skateboards;
  • a multipurpose fitness studio, physio and massage room;
  • and a children’s play area. 

The facility will run a surf school and have an on-site cafe and restaurant. 

Steve Price, founder and CEO of Emerge Surf, said: “Our aim with Emerge Surf is to bring a slice of the ocean to Birmingham, creating a haven for landlocked surfers and those wanting to try the sport for the first time. I’m thrilled to see such resounding backing from North Warwickshire Borough Council, recognising our vision and being minded to support the project.

“Our focus now is on finalising our funding structure, progressing on-site groundworks, which we expect to start before the end of this year and working collaboratively with all partners as we prepare to open to the public in early 2022.”

David Wright, leader of North Warwickshire Borough Council, added: “We are all keen to see our economy bounce back from the Covid-19 outbreak and this is a major boost for our economy, particularly the very hard-pressed leisure and tourist sector. This will also boost physical activity levels in our area and there is an extensive community programme being worked up to include communities and schools.

Emerge Surf Birmingham will partner with national governing body Surfing England to deliver certificated surfing tuition and with registered charity Surf Life Saving Great Britain on a range of water safety courses.

Image credit | Emerge Surf Birmingham