Job done - Drab corner transformed into adventure play space

Project: Design and build an adventure play area

Client: Northampton Borough Council

Contractors: Miracle Design and Play and TC Landscapes

Landscape designers and a play kit supplier have helped transform a drab corner of one of Northampton's most important open spaces into a children's adventure play space.

Playbuilder equipment defined the new landscape at Northampton Racecourse, a project hailed by the local friends group as a "landmark urban-park scheme". Miracle Design and Play (MDP) spent four months designing a zip wire, climbing-frame complex, five-person buddy swing and giant slide.

The main focus of the project, however, was a 6m pyramid climbing net, billed as Northampton's largest, while land was contoured and grass went down.

"The landscape and natural play area has been designed to encourage children to interact," said MDP managing director Richard Howard. "It had to blend into the geography of the land."

His team worked with Northampton Borough Council. The clients spent five years firming up finance and ideas for the £85,000 scheme, which opened last week.

Howard added: "We set out with our landscaping partner, TC Landscapes, to design a play area that was both special and a landmark visual statement. It represents a huge transformation of a relatively flat grass site into something that can be enjoyed by many people for many years to come."

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