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Cotswold Wildlife Park Adventure Play

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Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire is set in around 160 acres of grounds and gardens and had a very traditional style play area. It opened to the public in 1969 with the current Manor House designed by William Atkinson and built by Richard Pace of Lechlade in 1804. The Wildlife Park has over 260 different species of animals and is the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK. The brief was therefore to create a whole new adventure play centre that built upon this natural and ecological theme and yet created somewhere that was fun, exciting and was built to last.

The existing play was very traditional and didn’t sit at all well with the quality of the rest of the offer.

The existing play area at Cotswold Wildlife Park

The existing play area at Cotswold Wildlife Park

So to begin the redevelopment of the play area, we started with some rough drawings that evolved to gather more detail.

Initial rough sketch for the adventure play at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Initial rough sketch for the adventure play at Cotswold Wildlife Park

This developed into an overview plan for the adventure play

This developed into an overview plan for the adventure play

And then into a 3d birds eye view

And then into a 3D birds eye view

And a lower view to get a sense of scale and proportion

And a lower view to get a sense of scale and proportion

and the build went like clockwork with platforms working around the trees, look-out points to create strategic views across the grounds and a maze to confuse the best of you.

Rustic poles and woking around the trees gives a unique feel and build qulity at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Rustic poles and working around the trees gives a unique feel and build qulity at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Secret doorways under the structure at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Secret doorways under the structure at Cotswold Wildlife Park

View across the towers of adventure at Cotswold Wildlife Park

View across the towers of adventure at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Cotswold Wildlife Park Adventure play uses rustic poles and natural materials throughout

Cotswold Wildlife Park Adventure play uses rustic poles and natural materials throughout