Surf Snowdonia

Surf Snowdonia opened in late 2015 as the Worlds first Wavegarden® artificial surfing lagoon.

Surf Snowdonia

Tight deadlines needed to be met as part of our work on this innovative project.

WCP Associates were employed by Conwy Adventure Leisure to manage the design and construction of Surf Snowdonia including the surf academy.

After looking at a selection of building systems for the surf academy, the Collinson range of building systems were recommended to WCP and a meeting was arranged.

Already familiar with tensile structures, Conwy Adventure Leisure were confident the Collinson Challenger building system would fit the bill perfectly to create a light, bright and modern facility.

We were employed on a subcontractor basis and work began immediately on site to ensure tight deadlines were met.

Indoor space
for training
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Providing indoor space for a world-leading outdoor sports attraction

The surf academy provides 360m2 of additional internal space for the equipment, surfers and instructors with specialist rubber flooring to aid on-land, undercover training for beginners.

A glazed curtain walling offers views overlooking the wave garden and divisional netting allows training of different groups to run simultaneously.

Minimising running costs

The Challenger building system is based on a clear span, steel superstructure which requires minimal foundations and can be quickly erected. This modular system is renowned for its efficiency; the frame is covered with a tensioned PVC membrane.

The white tensile membrane roof proved ideal, allowing natural light to permeate the academy and minimise running costs.


Surf Snowdonia was a fast-paced, commercially critical project and we needed to select a delivery partner for our tensile building who could not only work autonomously but who we were confident could produce the right quality product in a timescale to fit our tight programme. Collinson achieved this and helped deliver the world’s first stadium surfing venue.

Gavin Garner, Director of WCP Associates