East Midlands-based civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting has been appointed to work on a spectacular new multi-million pound adventure resort which is set to take the UK leisure industry by storm.
Afan Valley Adventure Resort in South Wales will be the first development of its kind in the UK and will be home to a staggering wealth of adrenaline-fuelled indoor and outdoor activities.
Set over 500 acres of forests and rolling hills in Afan Valley, the resort is the brainchild of Gavin Woodhouse, chairman of Northern Powerhouse Developments and Peter Moore OBE – the man who first brought Center Parcs to the UK and who helped turn round the fortunes of Alton Towers.
The Bear Grylls Survival Academy, which will feature a series of tough challenges and endurance courses designed by the top TV survival expert, has already signed up as one of the resort’s big attractions.
Engineers at BSP Consulting, which has its headquarters in Nottingham and branches in Derby, Leicester and Sheffield, have been appointed to undertake the flood risk assessment and drainage strategy for the development, which is currently going through the pre-planning stages. Earlier the company handled the geotechnical phase one desk study.
“Afan Valley Adventure Resort is a really exciting new adventure and leisure park which will be home to a selection of world-class adventure facilities,” said BSP Consulting associate Tim Wilson. “As a company, BSP Consulting has worked on major leisure parks previously but we’re thrilled to be playing a role in this development, which is a pioneering concept for the UK leisure industry.
“Flood risk assessments and drainage strategies are pre-planning necessities for any scheme over one hectare in size and/or schemes within a flood zone two or three, with each site having a unique set of circumstances that need thorough investigation to satisfy planning conditions. BSP Consulting has vast experience in this field, and we are delighted that our expertise is being used to help take this significant scheme forward to the next stage of its development.”
In addition to the Bear Grylls Survival Academy experience, the all-weather, all-year-round resort will also be home to three outdoor ski slopes, forest-based zip wires and tree-top adventures, bike trails, an Xtreme sport centre, a state-of-the-art aqua park, indoor trampolining, relaxing spas and a central plaza featuring a wealth of bars and restaurants.
Expected to be opening in the summer of 2018, the development will also include a 100-bedroom hotel and 500 luxury lodges.
BSP is working closely on the project with chartered town planners and urban designers Nineteen47, which has offices in Castle Donington and York.
BSP Consulting, which has its head office in Oxford Street, Nottingham, provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It was founded in 1999 and operates across the UK.