Southport Cove Resort: New £40m 'World Class' Surf Park Is Coming To UK
A new £40 million ($52m) 'world class' surfing park is in the works in the UK - and new sketches look super exciting.
Yep, who needs a holiday? Plans are currently under way for a surfing facility on the Merseyside coast, just one hour from Manchester.
A collaboration from Sefton Council and Go Surf, Southport Cove Resort is going to be a huge tourist attraction for the area, promising an annual boost of £20 million ($26m) for Southport's local economy.
It is predicted it will bring 150,000 new visitors to the site annually, boost the local economy and create around 120 new jobs.
Constructed on Southport's seafront, the surf resort will include a 250-metre long beach, a 360-degree boardwalk and plenty of stunning planted gardens.
It will also boast a wellness and spa facility, situated within the four-star accommodation on site, as well as restaurants, cafes and indoor leisure facilities.
The main event, though, will be the 'world class wave pool' which will sit at the 'heart' of the facility.
It is going to use the most advanced technology to simulate waves which can crash over two metres high - perfect for the more advanced surfers who visit.
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Meanwhile, beginners can practice on smaller, 50cm waves until they build their skills up.
A spokesperson from Go Surf said Southport's location and existing facilities "lend themselves perfectly to the town becoming a true haven for water sports, indoor and outdoor attractions, and wellness".
They added: "The town benefits greatly from the successful integration of its town centre, marine lake and seafront.
"We're taking a world class surf pool and building a resort around it that's far more than just a place for catching waves, something that all visitors and members can enjoy on any given day of the year.
"Our aim is to create a perfect environment where people meet with friends and family, be it to lounge on the beach or in the gardens, catch some waves, relax in the spa, or just grab a coffee and a bite to eat."
Councillor Marion Atkinson, cabinet member for regeneration and skills, said: "Many people will remember that in 1989 the much-loved open-air swimming bath on the seafront next to Princes Park closed its doors to the public for the very last time.
"When we were doing the consultation around the Southport Town Deal it was clear that many people still had memories of the Lido in Southport.
Featured Image Credit: Sefton Council
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