Plans in for £40m surf park at former Kent colliery

Aaron Morby 2 months ago
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A planning application has been submitted to Dover District Council for a surf lagoon resort on the site of a former colliery spoil tip in Betteshanger Country Park, Kent.

The £40m Seahive project has been designed by Hollaway Studio, for the site near Deal.

The overall masterplan for the 15-acre site will feature a Wavegarden Cove surf lagoon at its centre, which can generate over 20 different wave types from 50cm to 2m, providing rides of up to 15 seconds long for all ages and abilities.

Overlooking the lagoon will be a clubhouse featuring a surf academy as well as a restaurant and bar and conference facility.

In addition, surrounding the lagoon, there will be a number of interconnected hives of activity including a wellness facility with yoga and fitness zones, cold water therapy and meditation pavilions, pump track, splash pool, learning hive, as well as a small number of sustainably-designed holiday lodges.

Jim Storey, Founder and CEO of The Seahive, said: “My vision has always been far greater than just creating an inland surf lagoon.

“The Seahive is a purpose-driven, inclusive business anchored around the power of blue health and its impact on both physical and mental wellbeing.”

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