Stretching from Hogganfield in the west and Drumpellier and Gartcosh in the east, at around 10 square miles, the Seven Lochs Wetland Park is Scotland’s largest urban nature park. The development of the park is being overseen by a partnership of North Lanarkshire Council, Glasgow City Council and a number of community and funding groups.
In July 2016, a £4.5 million funding boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund was announced for the development of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park. Drumpellier Country Park was scheduled to be developed, as part of this project, as a gateway to the Seven Lochs and a hub for heritage conservation, learning and engagement.
The design for the Crannog was developed as a result of vast research and a detailed brief from Culture NL into traditional styles of Crannogs throughout Scotland and, in particular, the Crannog discovered within Lochend Loch. Jupiter Play's findings from this research and experience creating bespoke play systems have enabled it to create a truly stunning and historically fitting play system for Drumpellier Country Park.
Combining Jupiter Play and Inclusive Play's expertise ensured the design was fully accessible and met the criteria for the inclusive play PiPA assessment, a programme that supports families with disabled members to discover days out with appropriate facilities catering to their special needs.
Numerous elements of sensory play were incorporated, from hand-carved structures to Talk Tubes and, the most intriguing, a netted bed underneath the unit for children to lie and look up at a mirror which reflected the water patterned wetpour.
The Crannog design was also combined with the existing hardstanding path networks to ensure that the entire unit can also accommodate wheelchair usage.
“This project is a new interpretation and interactive play space which will become a notable feature in the park landscape. The play area is themed around an iron-age crannog, a traditional dwelling house constructed on stilts over water.”
– Culture NL
"We visited the new Crannog play centre at Drumpellier Country Park this week. As it is the school summer holidays, we were looking for something to do that was fun, different, outdoors and easy to get to. The park came up trumps on all four counts!"