Waterside Cornwall, Bodmin

Our multi-disciplinary engineering team helped secure full planning on a £30m leisure destination in Cornwall, creating the largest leisure development of its kind in the county.

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Working in partnership with Peregrine Mears Architects Ltd and Cornwall Environmental Consultants (CEC), Hydrock provided strategic and detailed engineering consultancy services for a new leisure development in the heart of Bodmin, Cornwall. Waterside Cornwall leisure resort is designed as a self-contained recreation destination. 

Owners, Prime Resort Development Ltd secured full planning permission at the start of 2019 for the ambitious £30m scheme to refurbish existing buildings and development of new accommodation and ancillary buildings. 

The scheme includes 118 new eco-lodges; a 25m swimming pool; a children’s play pool; gym and fitness studios; indoor climbing centre; a sports hall; outdoor tennis courts and sports pitches; a boutique hotel with a spa and wellness centre, as well as enhanced restaurant, wedding and conference facilities. 

Across the 100-acre site substantial landscape enhancements will also be realised including an “avenue of gold” showcasing Cornwall’s mining heritage. A geological trail and arboretum, nature trails, wildlife hides and ecological habitat creation will protect and showcase the SSSI across the site.  

Through our strong relationship with masterplanners Peregrine Mears Architects Ltd, we were appointed to undertake and deliver a full suite of multi-discipline engineering services. During the design stage our team worked cohesively alongside CEC, who provided the landscape architecture and ecological assessments. 

Our transport team undertook detailed negotiations with Highways England to mitigate the potential impacts of the proposal on the local highway network. By delivering a comprehensive transport assessment, site wide travel plan, construction traffic management plan and non-motorised user audit, we successfully demonstrated the limited effect to the local and strategic road networks, resolving the Council’s objections.

Hydrock designed a new drainage and sewerage pump system with connection to the public drainage network after identifying that the existing self-contained drainage facilities were both an out-dated temporary set-up and no longer a suitable provision for the anticipated increased drainage and sewerage requirements. 

The new lodges within the recreation centre utilise and emphasise the natural landscape with some forming treehouses and others jetting out onto the large lake within the site. Due to the varied and soft ground conditions, significant ground investigations works were undertaken by our team to ensure the viability of the building designs and locations, as well as the proposed roads and car parking.