The Wave Coventry, Coventry, United Kingdom - 2019
Waterslides: 6 attractions
Building a waterpark near a historic site has undoubtedly happened in the past - perhaps numerous times. But building a waterpark within mere yards of an 800-year-old church tower and spire is undoubtedly a once-in-several-lifetimes event. The challenges of situating the new Coventry City Centre Leisure Park in Coventry, West Midlands, Central England, then, was one that required unusual respect and specialized considerations, and TNTY Waterparks is honored to have been chosen as the waterslide supplier to this unique project.
It is a game-changer in its distinctive design, required to fit the facility into a very tight footprint on a site where Franciscan monks originally constructed a cruciform-shaped church in the early 1200s. Over the years, the site's space became smaller and smaller as history left its marks.'' (King Henry VIII's dissolution of monasteries in 1538 doomed the original building, leaving only the tower spire, In both cases, the construction of nearby businesses slowly squeezed the borders of the only surviving edifice until the site's former occupant - an office building - was erected in the 1970s.)
Accommodating six slides into such a tight space required extraordinarily delicate design skills. For example, the bowl of one ride - TNTY's Space Hole - sits smack in the middle of the building and exits riders into a plunge pool on the floor below. The other slides also exit on the second floor, and a spiral ramp helps guests navigate back to the third level.