New visitor facilities and playground set in a historic landscape
Project: Belton House Wilderness
Location: Lincolnshire, UK
Client: National Trust
Project Team: Blue Forest, Timberplay, Thames Building Control, CTP, Lorien Engineering Solutions, Scarborough Nixon Associates, HK Safety Services
Timescale: Completed 2015
Size: Approximately 1Ha

Working with the design and build contractors Blue Forest, we designed and delivered a new adventure playground, café and mini-train station at the National Trust’s Grade I* Listed Belton House in Grantham.

The train threads its way through the famous Belton Wilderness Woodland to the new playground and associated visitor facilities so we were careful to ensure an environmentally sensitive approach from concept to completion. Protecting and celebrating the woodlands, we integrated the ground’s historic trees into the development.

The scheme includes large, bespoke timber play structures, a spectacular new bridge entrance across the River Witham and a new café kiosk with a covered seating area. Additional play structures and den building kits are spread throughout the woodland, encouraging children to explore and experience this rich, natural setting.

Belton House Wilderness is now the National Trust’s largest outdoor adventure playground.

Belton House and gardens have long been at the forefront of design and innovation and the addition of these new facilities are a popular addition to the estate.”