It was a little sad to see the tunnel slide being dismantled last week, and we have to confess to having lumps in our throats … it certainly felt like the end of an era. That said, the slide will look amazing once it has had a clean and reinstated onto our fabulous new tower. Recycling at its best, we couldn’t bare the thought of losing our favourite slide!
Following the closure of the playground earlier this month, preparation for the construction has stepped up a gear. The larger elements of the playground have been plotted, and to hear the rumble of machinery today has been fantastic! We just need a mild, dry winter now!
We are absolutely delighted to update you with news that planning consent has been granted for the renovation of the Adventure Playground!
Lots of exciting new play features are planned for the playground, together with a new train station for the miniature railway, a catering kiosk, and toilet facilities. Work is set to begin next month, when the playground has its seasonal closure over winter, and we very much look forward to sharing its progress with you…
Welcome to all our new followers, it is great to know that there is so much excitement and interest in the new Adventure Playground. Staff and volunteers working at Belton are being asked lots of questions about the changes to the playground, with the most popular being … ‘When is the new playground opening?’
Our planning application is with the local Council, and we are hopeful of a positive outcome in the not too distant future. Subject to planning consent, it is anticipated that construction work will commence late summer, with the new Adventure Playground opening in Spring 2015. In the mean time, the project team are still busy planning the detail of play equipment, and also the facilities which will make your visit more enjoyable. We will let you know as soon as we hear any news, watch this space!…
It will be a little while before you will see any changes to the Adventure Playground, but I’m sure you will all be pleased to hear that the existing playground opens tomorrow, along with the rest of the property, from the earlier time of 9.30am every day!
We thought you might like to see how the tower looks now it has been redesigned, we’re really pleased with how this has evolved. There’s a fantastic internal maze to explore too, who knows where you might pop out from!
(Those of you who are familiar with Belton, may also notice some uncanny similarities between this and another building on the estate ….?)
As promised, here are are some of the drawings for the proposed new Adventure Playground. These are not the final plans as there is still an amount of ‘tweaking’ needed, but we hope you will be as excited about the plans as we are …. we also hope Anna will be pleasantly surprised with the similarity to her drawing too!
Click on the thumbnails for a closer look…