When Cllr Gordon Jackson, the Mayor of Guildford, cut the red ribbon at 11:45am at Onslow Rec on Saturday 24 September, it marked the end of a year-long campaign to regenerate the play facilities at one of Guildford’s most popular parks.
A lengthy and hard-fought tender process commenced in the lead up to Christmas 2015; eibe was delighted to be awarded the scheme as a result of a highly innovative design concept. Created to look like a tree, the playspace was to be crammed full of play value – from traditional swings and slides to mounds, tunnels, sandpits and multi-use units.
Working in conjunction with Guildford Borough Council’s Parks Projects Officer, Sally Astles, the £150,000 project started to take shape in Easter 2016. When all the equipment had been specified, an installation date was set. Working in extreme heat, the eibe team sweated blood and tears to complete the park in time for the recent official ceremony.
The park features a main robinia Play unit, a Tarzan Swing, a Sandpit with dinosaur fossils, the Warren Toddler Area, Cableway and a host of other products that will appeal to toddlers, as well as teens.
Design Director, David Hibberd commented,
“The Twiggy Trail was designed to look like a tree which you can see from the overhead design shot. It gave a sense of nature to the whole project and I am proud of chief designer Jason and the eibe team for the imaginative thought process that went behind the original concept.”