A new Olympic standard climbing centre that creates a memorable and sustainable landmark has been approved for the 1,700-acre Ferry Meadows Park, Peterborough.
Reflecting the fractal geometries of the climbing wall the carefully crafted form creates a distinctive silhouette on the park skyline. Attentive detailing to the elevations, combined with the bespoke new build climbing space will together combine to form an impressive climbing centre.
The centre is a key element of Nene Park Trust’s 2050 vision and 10-year masterplan to become the region’s favourite park by creating improved leisure, recreation, cultural and environmental provision and make the park a more attractive prospect for families during the winter months.
This focus on indoor facilities will complement the many well-established outdoor activities across the Park. Lakeside Activity Centre will be located next to and share a site with the existing Nene Outdoors watersports and activity centre, creating a defined hub of sport, play, recreation and leisure in an easily accessible area, well away from the more sensitive nature-rich areas of the Park.
The plans will also dramatically improve the biodiversity and natural habitats in that area of the park by substantially increasing the number of trees and canopy cover, as well as creating attractive landscaping and bird and pollinator friendly planting.
Matthew Bradbury, Chief Executive of Nene Park Trust, said, ”As a charitable Trust our aim is to support the health and wellbeing of the people of Peterborough through the provision of recreation and leisure activities. We do this against the backdrop of our beautiful Park, which we develop and maintain as a place to reconnect with nature, a haven for wildlife, a venue for focusing on culture and heritage and a rich source of educational opportunity.
“Lakeside Activity Centre will draw together many of these threads into a contemporary new nature-friendly offer at a time, post-COVID, when health and wellbeing, leisure, sport, and play will be so important, especially to families and young people.”