Anderton Boat Lift is one of only two working boat lifts in the whole of the UK, originally built in 1852, offering a vertical link of 15.2 metres between the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal. After more than 100 years of use it was closed in 1983 and finally reopened in 2002 after a two year restoration project. Now maintained by the Canal & River Trust, the site has a visitor centre and was in need of a playground to offer more to visiting families.
We came up with a themed adventure playground that was based upon the real boat lift – a miniature replica of the boat lift with a boat that features many different play features. Standing side by side, the playground is instantly recognisable to adults who know the structure whilst children are now engaged with a large selection of play apparatus.
Concept to Reality
Like all of our projects, the Anderton Boat Lift Adventure Playground begun life as a simple discussion in which we talked about different options for the play area. After looking at the iconic site, we proposed a design, sketched out by hand, before finalising the design with 3D imagery. When this design was finalised and approved, we went to production, making everything by hand in our workshops in Norfolk before assembling the finished playground on site. Projects like this excite us, because we get to build completely unique designs that no one has ever seen before.
A Look Around The Play Area
Below is a selection of images from the play area to give you a feel of the real thing.
The following feedback is taken from public TripAdvisor reviews:
- ‘Children love the newly opened play area – we took our Grandson 2 days running he loved it so much.’ xxxxx04
- ‘lovely play area for the kids’ Giframac
- ‘The kids play area is great’ The Mellors
- ‘Went with 6 and 9 yr old. Excellent play park’ gavinmck
- ‘great outside play area for younger ones’ Hawkgirl654
Designing Your Perfect Play Area
This is just one of the many creative play areas that we have made over the years and we relish the challenge of creating something completely unique like this. Please take a look at some of our other miniature replicas and outdoor play areas for further inspiration, then get in contact with us to discuss your perfect playground. We can work to a strict design or create something completely from scratch. We look forward to hearing from you.