Lord David Triesman, Chairman Wildfox Resorts
THE JOURNEY SO FAR
I am proud to announce the progress of our first resort at Afan Valley, Wildfox Resorts will be one of the truly remarkable brands made in Wales.
Wildfox Resorts is one of the most exciting new brands in the world.
Our first project, Afan Valley, in the beautiful Welsh countryside is underway. We expect site preparations to start in earnest at the start of 2022, in parallel with the discharge of reserved matters.
Our resorts will offer unapparelled adventure and fun for all age groups, as well as beautiful facilities in a breathtaking environment. The resort will be open in 2024.
We have selected advisers who have significant experience in delivering resorts such as Center Parcs and alike in the UK.
WE LIVE, ADVENTURE
Wildfox Resorts was created by people passionate about providing exhilarating and relaxing holidays.
We are evolving with the next generation of adventure seekers looking for unforgettable experiences, time and time again. Our aim is to provide one of the widest choices of activities, at your convenience, enhancing the experience to the max.
Created by fans first and foremost of staycations, the Founders' mission is to deliver the best authentic adventure experience to everyone of their customers with sustainability at its heart.
Wildfox Resorts are mindful of the social, economic and ecological impact our resorts may have on the environment and the people living there. We are dedicated to partnering with communities to help shape their future – positively and sustainably.
For those looking for sheer fun and light escape, to those searching for a more serious test of strength and stamina – you will find it at Wildfox Resorts.
Our first resort will be Afan Valley, South Wales opening 2024, and will be the first of 3 resorts in the UK.
What is the Wildfox Resort?
The resort will be the first of its kind in the UK and will offer an active and adrenaline filled escape for all ages who wish to partake in a range of activities including skiing, mountain biking, zip wires, rock climbing and white water rafting to name just a few. For those looking for a more relaxing experience or at the end of an action packed day, the resort will offer a state of the art spa experience as well as a selection of restaurants, bars and relaxation areas to unwind. Guests will be able to choose between a range of lodge types and sizes or stay within the 100 bedroom hotel all set within this stunning Welsh valley with easy access to the motorway and rail networks. Whether you’re a couple wanting to escape the daily grind or a family or group of friends looking for excitement, Wildfox Resort has plenty to offer.
What is their track record of delivery?
Salamanca Group has delivered projects across the globe, examples include;
Bulgaria Mall - One of the largest mixed-use property projects in Bulgaria, 50,000 meters of retail and office space that was let to a number of international tenants including Debenhams, Guess and H&M.
One Ocean Port Vell - Salamanca Group delivered a 5-year transformation programme to create one of the largest superyacht destinations in the Mediterranean.
Gravity Smart Campus - Owner of a 616 acre site in the South West of England in Somerset, creating the UK’s first smart campus, comprising 1.1million square metres of commercial floorspace and up to 750 homes, to attract international business and enable 7,500 jobs.
Who are the key people behind the new deal?
Lord David Triesman
Peter Moore OBE
How is planning going to be progressed?
We are bringing in additional capacity and a new Director of Planning and Economic Development to work with the Council and stakeholders to secure the necessary consent to commence the project. The team have been reviewing existing information and recruiting key team members to ensure continuity and enable efficient mobilisation.
Is there finance available to implement the project and where is it from?
A financial deal, subject to planning, has been agreed with a financial institution to enable us to immediately progress with reserved matters.
What key companies are behind the Wildfox Resort?
Salamanca Group is a privately-owned Merchant Banking business with a background of co-investing in real estate projects globally, the Group has transacted over $1billion of real estate assets since its inception in 2002.
Operating across the globe, the Group purchases land, develops sites and buys businesses related to the sector across commercial, residential and retail. Importantly, the Group has an ‘owner, operator and maintainer’ structure to ensure value add to all investment projects.
Pure Advisory Group is a multi-skillset financial services business head quartered in Cardiff. Pure’s core business model is to primarily focus on UK Real Estate and has extensive experience in the financing and delivery across a wide variety of projects and sectors.
When will it be open?
It would be fantastic to get the resort open in 2024.
Is there any relationship with the former Northern Powerhouse organisation?
No, this is a new team, new companies, new finance, new leadership and operational team, with commitment to deliver and the experience and track record to regenerate the site and achieve positive outcomes on the ground. We have retained certain specialists that we believe add value and ensure the continuity of the project, however, these are not connected to the former owners of the Northern Powerhouse Group.
How will the environmental issues be considered?
The current and undetermined planning application does sensitively consider the environment and how the site can be regenerated and enhanced. The team are working hard to evaluate the submission and look for opportunities to strengthen and improve the outcomes for the community as well as the environment.
What benefits are there for the local community?
The Wildfox Resorts team have experience in regeneration projects that have genuine ambitions for host communities to benefit from them. We will be working to ensure there is a Business and Skills Charter to maximise the use of local communities throughout the supply chain. We would aim to provide residents with the opportunity to secure training, development, and employment at the resort and in the supply chain.
Wildfox resorts will be a place for adventure, where those trying new activities will be safe to experiment and those more confident can test their limits.
At our core, Wildfox Resorts Afan Valley will be a transformative development for the site and the surrounding region.