Elan Valley Visitor Centre, operated by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, has an inspirational play area. Wicksteed won the contract for this project as part of a four-site scheme which includes play areas in Llys Y Fran, Llyn Brenig and Llandegfedd. The four sites were completed in stages with Elan Valley being the first.
The Elan Valley Visitor Centre has a spectacular backdrop of a Victorian stone dam. The centre has been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge for being a provider of high-quality teaching and learning experiences in a safe outdoor environment.
Most of the inspiration for the timber-led scheme came from the surroundings which provide the perfect framework for the multiplay products that offer plenty of opportunities for spinning, sliding, swinging and climbing.
Entering through the hand-carved timber entrance play area reveals a special, bespoke dam climbing wall – from the top of which the dam can be seen. A huge Hillary unit, complete with monkey bars, steel slide and multiple climbing and traversing features provides loads of challenging, physical fun. A natural agility trail with playful mounds, balance beams and log posts also feature. The scramble net climber and log swings offer more adventurous play, and the carved timber totem pole and toadstool seats provide added interest additions to this bold and enticing waterside adventure zone.
Whether the visitor is whizzing along on the 30m timber cableway in the shadow of the dam, clambering up the bespoke bouldering wall, or tackling any of the multi-faceted elements built in to the sturdy structures, there is something for everyone and it all represents great play value.