Technogym
Technogym
Technogym

Hollaway Studio's Seahive would bring blue health to South-East England

by Megan Whitby | 26 Dec 2022

A planning application has been submitted for the creation of The Seahive, a surf wellness resort on the site of a former colliery spoil tip in Betteshanger Country Park, UK.

Designed by architecture firm Hollaway Studio, the £40m (US$48.1m, €45.4m) flagship project near Deal in Kent would be integral to the wider country park.

The overall masterplan for the 15-acre site features a Wavegarden Cove surf lagoon at its centre, which can generate over 20 different wave types, providing rides for all ages and abilities.

Overlooking the lagoon would be a clubhouse featuring a surf academy as well as a restaurant and bar, conference facility, retail outlet, chill-out spaces, dedicated work area and immersive balcony.

In addition, surrounding the lagoon, there would be a number of interconnected hives of activity including a wellness facility with yoga and fitness zones, cold water therapy and meditation pavilions, a pump track, a splash pool, a learning hive, as well as a small number of sustainably-designed holiday lodges.

The dedicated learning hive would run a full-time schedule of courses to support local children via surf therapy and educational intervention programmes to help enhance and protect their mental health.

A representative from Seahive told CLAD that the project is currently at a very early planning approval stage. They explained that a key motive behind Seahive is to help raise awareness of how spending time near or in water can be beneficial for the mind and body.

“My vision has always been far greater than just creating an inland surf lagoon,” said founder and CEO Jim Storey, “the Seahive is a purpose-driven, inclusive business anchored around the power of blue health and its impact on both physical and mental wellbeing.

“We’re passionate about creating an immersive, authentic destination that empowers people to push boundaries in a safe environment, improves and protects wellbeing, encourages communities to connect, creates environmental changemakers, equips kids with knowledge and self-belief, increases tourism, supports local businesses and generates hundreds of jobs.”

As part of its social impact and community focus, The Seahive team are planning to run holiday camps for underprivileged children as part of the UK Government’s ‘Holiday Activities and Food Programme’ and offer apprenticeship opportunities via partnerships with Kent-based universities.

They also aim to organise ocean safety and awareness courses as well as programmes designed to encourage young people to reconnect with nature, leveraging some of the philosophy from the Green School movement, where Storey has been educating his children for the last 18 months.

The Seahive lagoon and clubhouse

Sustainability is very much part of the fabric of The Seahive masterplan, from the materials used to operational processes, energy sources, waste management, water management and planting schemes.

The project will strive to be carbon neutral from the start via the use of sustainable energy to power 100 per cent of the waves.

From an ecological standpoint, the vision for the site is to deliver substantial long-term benefits via a new, completely separate area of over 28 acres being ring-fenced and dedicated to an ecologically-led regime of enhancements and management, including the hiring of an ecology warden.

This area is 85 per cent larger than the parcel of land on which The Seahive will sit. These measures are designed to generate a net biodiversity gain in excess of 10 per cent.

Through being a year-round flagship attraction for Dover and the South East which diversifies the traditional seasonal tourist model, The Seahive is anticipated to generate more than 100 jobs during peak season alongside a number of indirect employment opportunities due to increased tourism, longer duration stays and the associated support of local businesses.

The Seahive  Hollaway Studio  Jim Storey 
Related stories
17 Nov 2022

Oslo’s historic public baths brought back to life as Sommerro unveils urban wellness retreat

15 Oct 2022

WilkinsonEyre-designed Battersea Power Station development opens as leisure district following £9bn redevelopment

26 Jul 2022

London’s first floating bathing retreat receives planning permission, opening 2024

FEATURE: Project preview – Geo force: Geothermal lagoon Canada

FEATURE: Country focus – Best of British

More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7689     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7689     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Painting With Light
Painting with Light is a team of professional lighting and multimedia experts who design and produce visual experiences that dazzle & shine.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
CopenHill urban ski centre
"It was born from the sheer anxiety of having to submit something brilliant in a very short timescale"

How a moment of desperation led to BIG’s CopenHill, the clean power plant that’s doubling as a skiing and leisure destination. Magali Robathan speaks to the architects that made it happen

Collaboration is at the heart of NBW’s working practices
Thomas Woltz
"I am very proud of stewarding the largest public space to be built in Manhattan in a century"

The Wall Street Journal’s Design Innovator of the Year on designing the gardens at Hudson Yards and looking to the Native Americans for ideas on how to create a resilient future

Mary Celeste Beall has kept her husband’s vision alive
"Sam was such a champion for the team, and my goal is simply to carry that same torch"

As Blackberry Mountain resort opens in Tennessee, we find out why the project is a deeply personal one for owner Mary Celeste Beall

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
The Electric Lemon restaurant features glamorous interiors by Rockwell Group
"Further hotels have been confirmed for Los Angeles, Santa Clara, CA, Seattle, Chicago and Houston"

Rockwell Group and Joyce Wang on the inspirations behind the guest rooms, public spaces, spa and gym at Equinox Hotel Hudson Yards

Elizabeth and Christian de Portzamparc launched 2Portzamparc together
Elizabeth de Portzamparc
"We need to stop the destruction of our world through predatory practices. We need to think of the future"

The architect behind Nimes’ Musée de la Romanité on designing to counter loneliness and the need for more cultural buildings

Elina Grigoriou
Elina Grigoriou
"Temperature, noise level and colour affect our stress levels. As designers we should be asking ourselves, how do these things match up?"

The London-based interior designer and wellness expert hopes her new book will help readers understand how to design with wellbeing in mind

features
Alan Metcalfe
"When people are a bit scared, they gather together"

Featuring a vibrating glass platform and one of the US’s longest tree canopy walks, Whiting Forest has been designed to bring visitors closer to nature and to one another

The architects Dean Mackenzie and Hamish Monk
"We’ve designed the space so that the atmosphere is intimate"

Les Mills’ new studio spaces at its iconic Auckland City Gym showcase a trend away from masculine ‘grunty’ gyms to something altogether different

cladkit product news
Jaffe Holden helps bring Academy Museum of Motion Pictures alive
Jaffe Holden provided architectural acoustics for the Academy Museum
Magali Robathan
Acoustical consulting firm Jaffe Holden provided architectural acoustics and audio/video design services for the recently opened Academy Museum of Motion ...
Alberto Apostoli designs tech-forward Wellness Therapy furniture collection for Varaschin
The furniture collection draws on absolute geometries, pure lines, neutral colours and strong references to nature
Megan Whitby
Furniture manufacturer Varaschin has unveiled the new Wellness Therapy range, designed by Italian spa and wellness architect and designer Alberto ...
Alberto Apostoli and Newform collaborate to launch the A.Zeta showerhead
The showerhead offers two modes; rainfall or waterfall
Megan Whitby
Italian architect Alberto Apostoli has renewed his partnership with Newform – an Italian wellness company – and designed A.Zeta. A.Zeta ...
cladkit product news
Eden project uses drones to spell out climate change warning
Magali Robathan
Almost 300 drones were used to signal an environmental message above the Eden Project’s biomes, during the UN Climate Change ...
Cosm unveils Experience Centre with ‘one of a kind’ LED dome
The new Experience Centre houses a 20m LED dome
Magali Robathan
Cosm, a global technology company that builds end-to-end solutions for immersive experiences, has unveiled its Experience Centre which houses a ...
Móz Designs columns anchor the world’s largest indoor aquarium
The design of the columns was inspired by the sea
Magali Robathan
After a two-year renovation, Oakland-based metal experts Móz Designs have unveiled their inclusion in Georgia Aquarium’s new shark gallery. Located ...
cladkit product news
Diamond balloon concept merges tourist attraction with advertising billboard
Magali Robathan
A group of Dutch engineers have presented a new attractions concept that combines a flying observation cabin with LED digital ...
Codelocks develops new glass door smart lock
The new lock model allows facilities and building managers to create and manage access via an app or online portal
Megan Whitby
Codelocks has launched its first glass door smart lock to bring intelligent access control to modern spa, leisure, fitness and ...
Fabio Alemanno Design uses elegant semi-precious stones to create memorable spa experiences
Alemanno believes the stones are well-placed in the spa environment thanks to their capacity to positively support physical and mental health
Megan Whitby
Fabio Alemanno Design has expanded its collection with semi-precious stones to enhance spas, wellness facilities, hotels and private residences. The ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates
Technogym
Technogym