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The Scheme


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An undeniable opportunity that will transform the South Wales Valleys

It will be an outstanding and internationally recognised, sports, leisure and tourism destination able to offer a unique experience to the people of South Wales, the UK as a whole as well as international visitors. The resort is anchored around key elements including the UK’s longest Indoor Snow Centre, a Tropical Waterpark, an Indoor and Outdoor Adventure Centre, plus a range of Hotel offerings and Woodland Lodges.

Find out more about the proposed elements below.

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Indoor Snow Centre

A world-class Snow Centre, which will be the longest indoor multi-run snow centre in the UK and amongst the longest in the world at c.400m. The facility is supported by GB Snowsport and Snowsport Cymru Wales to establish the UK National Centre of Snowsport Excellence and will be the official home and training headquarters for the Welsh and GB national and Olympic and Paralympic snow sports teams and elite athletes. It will be based on similar successful facilities in Europe, such as SnowWorld at Landgraaf (Netherlands), Neuss (Germany) www.snowworld.com and Alpincenter at Bottrop (Germany) www.alpincenter.com.

The snow centre will be built to FIS (International Ski Federation) specification, enabling the venue to host regional, national, and international competitions together with international team training.

Providing a family friendly safe environment with guaranteed perfect piste conditions, 365 days of the year. This longer and larger facility with adjacent leisure elements will be revolutionary for snow tourism in the UK, as the resort will provide everything that is sought after by skiers and boarders, without the need for international travel and unpredictable weather and snow conditions.

Indoor snow centres have been run for many years as viable, sustainable, and profitable businesses, bringing tourists and snow sports enthusiasts to their region, along with providing a facility of great value and benefit to the residents.

This world-class facility has the capability of redefining the UK school ski trip, de-risked with affordable access and tuition, guaranteed snow conditions, and significantly aligned historic educational opportunities, plus active adventure options.

The indoor snow centre will also feature an indoor fun and activity area where children and visitors of all ages can enjoy a range of snow-based games and activities.

Indoor Tropical Waterpark

The scheme’s architects and master planners (HMA) have designed a number of premier waterparks for example at Center Parcs resorts in the UK. The Waterpark at Rhydycar West is designed with the same vision, but to elevate the UK waterpark experience to match leading indoor waterparks in Europe and North America. – to create a key centre point and anchor family attraction for visitors that have been so successful in other leisure resorts.

This signature element will attract both longer stay holiday makers and day visitors from further afield, offering adventurous and family fun for all ages. A guaranteed weather beating tropical environment for ‘all year round’ is a holiday must have for many.

The Rhydycar West Waterpark will offer a whole host of the very latest attractions, including thrilling rides and experiences including slides, tubes, a lazy river, canyon explorations, a standing wave and surf simulators.

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Indoor & Outdoor Adventure Centre

This element will provide a dynamic, multi-faceted and immersive Indoor and Outdoor Adventure Centre, with the emphasis on fun activity. A place to unwind, escape and create memorable experiences.

Activities under consideration include adrenalin fuelled zip wires, climbing walls, extreme slides, high ropes, and other exciting thrill-based experiences.

Resort Hotel, Luxury Spa and Conference Centre

The resort will offer the following three distinct hotel wings to cater for different visitor preferences and budgets. The accommodation offerings will serve as a hub and basecamp for visitors to explore the region and attract all types of visitors from short breaks to long stays.

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With the resorts combined elements and the regions wider activities, this will be a compelling and unique conference and events venue and showcase for Wales.

The Family Resort Wing containing 198 bedrooms. To include resort reception, conferencing, co-working and other guest facilities.

The Luxury Spa Wing containing 100 bedrooms. Incorporating indoor and outdoor fitness and spa facilities.

The Sport & Value Wing with 120 Bedrooms. Providing value, comfort, and a more casual and relaxed offering. This will be designed to ensure it appeals to and caters for groups, schools and visiting teams competing or training.

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Woodland Lodges

Up to 30 free-standing, single-storey woodland lodges are proposed in the south of the site. Providing privacy and a close to nature ambiance while still sleeping in comfort.

There will be a mix of one and two bedroom lodges to accommodate different market segments ranging from couples to larger families and groups of friends, these will include individual and private lodges, offering value to premium luxury options.

The lodges will be located in existing woodland, creating the perfect setting. Situated away from the main resort area to provide a woodland environment, but just a short distance from all the leisure activities, connected by walking and biking paths providing easy access.

Want to find out more?

Detailed information and planning documentation can be found at our planning page. You can also download a copy of our project summary document below:

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