Jupiter Play worked collaboratively with Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council on the Poole Park Heritage Project, consisting of three sites.
At the design and build tender stage Jupiter Play did not need to design the play space itself; the emphasis was on evidencing how they would work with the client, presenting a strong concept and showing more of a sense of the space, including the colours, textures, experiences and some of the products that they would look to develop. The company likes to conduct in-depth research of an area and investigate the heritage to build a picture, looking for inspiration for stories that can be told in the space through the design. In this case, Poole Park is a traditional Victorian park and the client wanted to explore the idea of Victorian plant hunters voyaging to unknown lands to bring back plants.
After winning the project and setting up a working group with the client Jupiter Play began to flesh out a concept, specifically for the smaller area.
The idea for this space was to create the landscape of an exotic land, a rural Chinese landscape that would transport children to another world. Inspiration was taken from the rice fields and landscape pavilion.
After taking on board feedback Jupiter Play moved on to developing the concept and taking the design into CAD and 3D form to communicate the concept to the local community. This directly impacted aspects of the design.
Next comes a careful process of detailing all aspects of the project and drawing up bespoke units to send to the suppliers. Jupiter Play created documents to determine the specific design elements to be manufactured, using visuals. The company wanted to add carvings such as Koi Carp to the balancing stills, and colour the posts. Some of the catalogue pieces of equipment were adapted to also fit the theme. Suppliers take this information and draw up engineered designs.
After an order is placed the equipment goes into production, everything is built in the factory first and this informs the installation drawings. It happens in this way as in the case of Robinia in particular, every post is different, so every foundation hold is different.
Jupiter Play is as a full design and build contractor working on a supply only basis, or in an advisory capacity for contractors. Contractor teams are carefully selected and Jupiter Play regularly attend the site throughout the installation.
"Our green spaces have played an important part in our lives during the pandemic, with even more people appreciating their value. So it’s particularly good to see this key aspect of the Poole Park Life project come to fruition at this point in time."