Surf’s up, Sligo!

The National Surf Centre in Strandhill is creating waves as one of the most significant projects in County Sligo in recent years. Arken Construction, the primary contractor, is riding the crest of success with the completion of this impressive facility.

The National Surf Centre of Excellence is a project Arken Construction is not only immensely proud to have constructed but also to have played a central role in various collaborations that created this truly unique building. The project is a finalist in the 2023 Irish Construction Excellence Awards in the Leisure category.

It merits entry into the Construction Excellence Awards as it highlights excellent performance in construction – says James Armstrong, Arken Construction’s managing director.  – It is not often that a project of this beauty, detail, and character comes along and transforms an entire village while also acting as a key component of tourism and surfing locally, nationally, and internationally in the Northwest Region on the Wild Atlantic Way.

A Premium Outdoor Activity Centre

Funded by Sligo County Council, Failte Ireland, and the Department of Rural Community and Development, this €2.7m state-of-the-art centre is set to confirm Sligo’s reputation as a must-visit outdoor adventure destination along the Wild Atlantic Way.

But it’s not just a surfing hotspot; it’s also an invaluable resource for the local and visiting surfing community. The National Surf Centre will be regarded as Ireland’s premium surf and outdoor activity centre for local, national, and international surfers, providing advanced surfing training up to international standards.

But wait, there’s more! The centre will also feature an interpretative display of the history of surfing in Ireland and local tourist attractions and will provide a central meeting and promotional point for local tourism businesses, including walking tours and adventure providers.

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Councillor Michael Clarke, said: – This is a hugely important project for Co Sligo. Strandhill, already a recognised prime surfing destination, this facility will further enhance its reputation on the national and international stage. Our objective to promote Sligo as a regional growth centre and a key tourism hub receive a major boost with the delivery of this facility.

Drainage to Withstand the Gnarliest Waves

But let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. With over 200 meters of Recyfix Pro with corrosion-safe Fibretec grating, slotted channel drainage, and hot-dip galvanized recessed covers delivered by Galco, this is not just any drainage system. It’s a drainage system built to withstand the harsh saltwater environment and the pounding waves of Strandhill beach.

The Recyfix Pro system is not only corrosion-resistant but also environmentally friendly, made from recycled materials. And the Fibretec grating provides a non-slip surface, ensuring the safety of surfers and visitors alike. The slotted channel drainage system ensures the efficient and effective removal of surface water, preventing any flooding or water damage. And the hot-dip galvanized recessed covers provide a sleek and seamless finish, adding to the overall aesthetic of the National Surf Centre.

So, hang ten, Sligo! The National Surf Centre is ready to take on the world, with a drainage system built to withstand even the gnarliest of waves.

Project details:

Project: National Surf Centre of Excellence

Contractor: Arken Construction

Client: Sligo County Council

Engineer: Taylor & Boyd

Architect: Keys & Monaghan Architects

Drainage: Galco

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