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Making waves! Plans for £60 million Manchester surfing complex submitted to council Experience UK
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Making waves! Plans for £60 million Manchester surfing complex submitted to council

Plans for a world-class water attraction on the cusp of Manchester City Centre have been submitted to local council.

This week (June 8) Belfast-based developer Mckinney Group revealed they submitted plans to Trafford Council for a £60 million surfing complex, the first of its kind in the North West.

The destination is set to be housed at the flourishing TraffordCity hotspot, which already features Chill Factore and Dino Golf, with next-generation well-being resort Therme also moving in in the next few years.

The proposal shows plans for a state-of-the-art surf lake. Powered by Wavegarden, the waves are set to be perfect for all ages and abilities, to try and test their surfing skills.

Along with surfing, guests will be able to enjoy some timeout at the onsite café terrace and beach bars, while also purchasing souvenirs and surfing themed merchandise at the surf shop.

There’s also the opportunity for guests to test their athetic abilities with a cutting-edge interactive fitness zone. Here guests can enjoy a pump track, balancing zone and a halfpipe/boarding area.

Along with boosting TraffordCity’s tourism offer, the surfing destination is set to be a mighty investment for the region. More than 350,000 extra visitors are projected to visit Trafford City annually, generating over £18 million a year.
60 construction jobs will be created to bring the attraction to life. 240 indirect and direct jobs are also set to be created once opened.

Commenting on the latest move in the project, Billy McKinney, Managing Director at McKinney Group said:

“We are really excited to have submitted our plans to Trafford Council, off the back of months of discussions with the local community, stakeholders and planning officers and, of course, our online consultation at the start of the year.

“We want to thank everyone who got involved with our consultation and let us know what they thought of our plans to deliver the North West’s first inland surfing facility, and we are delighted that over 85% of all feedback received expressed support for our proposals.

“TraffordCity already has a huge and growing leisure offer and we are looking forward to bringing something new to the area that is thrilling, interactive and accessible to be enjoyed by surfers of all abilities
“We await our application coming before Trafford Council and look forward to getting people on the waves by 2023.”