The City of Coventry’s vision was to create a waterpark that would be a vibrant, accessible community hub. Vortex and Ustigate Waterplay designed an accessible, inclusive aquatic play installation to weave around the winding waterslide structures. The 3,650 sq.ft. Splashpad® and Elevations™ structure, with a water-meadow theme, can be enjoyed by people with physical challenges, including those in wheelchairs. Footbridges have replaced the Elevations steps, and more spray elements line the way to encourage discovery and play while appealing to a broad range of users. The Wave Coventry won a World Waterpark Association Leading Edge Award in October 2019 and is already becoming one of the most successful leisure centers in the UK.

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« Every so often, a project comes along which is a game changer in the way that people think about and engage with the leisure experience, and Coventry's project is one such project. »
Michael Hall,

Partner, FaulknerBrowns Architects

« This is fantastic news for The Wave, for the city and for the people of Coventry. The Wave has already become award-winning before it has even opened its doors! »
Councillor Kamran Caan,

Cabinet Member, Public Health and Sport

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