Silvertown Quays Venture Xtreme: will London have a surf park in 2011?

The developers of the £1.5 billion Silvertown Quays have released conceptual images of Venture Xtreme, a unique surf center and extreme sports complex, the first project of its kind in the world, designed by Baca Architects.

The surf center is a conceptual project which may form part of the visitor attraction area at Silvertown Quays.

If it goes ahead, the surf center will be located alongside the aquarium Biota! and will include London's largest permanent outside beach and a surf pool with perfect waves all day every day.

The Venture Xtreme surf center proposals will spectacularly animate a large part of the former pontoon docks, bringing the water to life in an exciting and dynamic way sitting alongside markets, specialist sports shops, waterside restaurants, and cafes.

Silvertown Quays Venture Xtreme complex will be built in two stages, the first being the outdoor facilities and surf center followed by the indoor adventure center.

Venture Xtreme: the surf center hopes to attract 100,000 surfer per year

The surf pool forms the center of this outdoor experience, built into the existing dock. A series of 'extreme' structures and facilities draw upon the character of the rich industrial past to create iconic forms and public spaces.

A giant 9m high wave tank doubles as a climbing wall and TV screen. Adjustable 'crane' lighting rigs illuminate the surf pool and the 'silver sand' beach. A beach bar, floating bistro, sports shops, and the indoor Venture Xtreme center complete this unique urban sports experience.

The Silvertown surf center will be a world first; a unique facility offering perfect surf waves 365 days a year. The finger docks in front and to the left of Biota! will be opened up to create the UK's first artificial surf experience.

A specially designed enclosure, holding almost 7,000 cubic meters of clean, filtered and heated water forms the basis of this unique environment. Waves up to 1.8m high will roll 100 meters down the dock, before breaking on London's first 'silver sand' beach in front of Biota! and a major public space known as the 'Esplanade.'

The center is expected to attract 100,000 surfers and body-boarders a year along with five times as many spectators. Waves of all shapes and sizes can be created for all levels of ability from total novice to the professional surfer.

The perfect white sand beach will be 100m wide and up to 25m from front to back, giving enough space for over 200 swimmers, sunbathers, and surfers.

In the evenings it will be possible to rent fire pits for larger groups and barbeque areas as well as to just chill out on the beach with a drink from the bar. Beach bars, hammocks, palm trees, and boardwalks all add to the atmosphere.

Venture Xtreme: the wave pool will produce waves up to 1.8-meter high

Surfing will operate through the summer, floodlit in the evenings to create a fantastic viewing spectacle. Spectators will overlook the waves on the beach and in bars and restaurants wrapped around the arena.

A themed rock effect climbing wall, of 24m wide, 9 m deep and up to 12 m high, will be the largest outdoor wall in the country and offer over 50 climbing routes. On the front elevation, facing the beach and boardwalk will be a giant LED screen of over 100 square meters.

In the second phase of the Silvertown development, the lower floors of the major dockside site, immediately to the East of the aquarium, will house London's first extreme sports complex, complimenting the surf center in the dock and providing year-round adventure facilities for the residents, Londoners and those further afield.

The Venture Xtreme surf center will feature:

1. An indoor wave rider (great fun for all, but it also allows surfers to learn or train before going out into the main pool), - a climbing wall, complimenting the outdoor facility;
2. A scuba dive tank;
3. A ropes course;
4. An ice climbing wall;
5. A children's snow room;
6. An ice bar;

In addition, further specialist retail units including a dive shop and general outdoor climbers shop will support these new sports areas. The indoor extreme sports zone will be linked by a bridge directly to the operations hub of the surf center.

Committed to contemporary design and the creation of visionary and iconic buildings, the developments and associated outdoor activity areas will be carefully integrated into their environment and will complement the design standard of the entire Silvertown Quays development and of Biota!

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