Multi-disciplinary construction consultancy, Edmond Shipway, has just completed work on the revolutionary “Tropical Cyclone” water ride at Center Parcs, Elveden Forest. Appointed as Project Manager and Cost Consultant on the £4 million project, the ride has been built to celebrate 25 years of Center Parcs in the UK
The “Tropical Cyclone” has been created following a worldwide search for the best water experiences and sees two existing award-winning rides, the Tornado™ and the BehemothBowl™ joined together for the first time. The new 200 metre long and 18 metre high attraction will transport riders on 4-seater, clover-shaped rafts which can reach speeds of up to 24 miles per hour.
Torrents of water heated to 30°C emulate the tropical waters of the Zambezi River in Africa, while a zero gravity, 45 degree drop has also been incorporated in a bid to simulate the Brazilian Iguazu Falls. Over 25,000 litres of water per minute are pumped around the ride in order to propel up to 720 riders every hour.
The new water ride is also joined by The Lagoon, a new family themed water pool. Both attractions form part of a longer term investment programme in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise across all four Center Parcs Villages.
David Stevenson, Managing Director of Edmond Shipway, commented;
“This was an audacious, one-of-a-kind project in the UK and it was technically very challenging, not least because it was built within a live Village environment. The fact that we have delivered such a unique project to such high quality is something of which I am enormously proud. Its success is testament to the relationship we have developed with Center Parcs over the past decade and something that deserves the recognition it is now gaining.”