Bournemouth: after a failed attempt with an artificial surf reef, the coastal town is planning the construction of a wave pool | Photo: Creative Commons

A group of British investors announced plans for the construction of a 35 million-pound wave pool in Bournemouth, England.

The structure named "The Lagoon" is expected to produce 2,400 waves per hour and attract 500,000 surfers and visitors each year.

"It has been a dream of mine for years. I've always wanted to teach my kids to surf in a safe and controlled environment. Now, my dream is closer to becoming a reality," explained Matt Radford, founder of The Lagoon.

So far, the developers secured a Surf Lakes license.

In the upcoming months, Radford and his team will evaluate whether the upgrades being made in the Australian wave-generating technology are worth the investment.

The Lagoon: the surf pool by Surf Lakes will produce 2,400 waves per hour | Illustration: BrightSpace Architects

An XXL Project

According to the team behind The Lagoon, the Bournemouth surf park will occupy a 15-acre site and will open by 2022.

The project will also include an adventure trail, a 700-square-meter climbing area, indoor skydiving, an assault course, indoor caving, high ropes, scuba diving, archery, and an escape room.

Radford and his team also confirmed the construction of a 145-bedroom hotel, woodland lodges, luxury treehouses, "hobbit huts," and glamping pods for the visitors.

The Lagoon will create around 100 working places in an area with a large surfing community.

In 2009, the English south coast town debuted a 3.2 million-pound artificial reef made of 55 sandbags.

However, three years later, and after many failed attempts to make it work, the Boscombe surf reef was abandoned, and the company responsible for its installation - ASR Limited - went into liquidation.

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