The new castle themed play area in Astley Park is set for a May unveiling.
Newground, a member of the Together Housing Group, have been commissioned to design and build the new play space, which is based on the rumoured visit to Astley Hall by Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell.
The ‘new’ castle, constructed using local stone, will give the impression of former rooms within the building, and will include a kitchen area with a fireplace and ‘boar on a spit’, banquet table, draw bridge, portcullis and turrets. Large boulders are also being used to create a climbing wall and ‘rock stack’.
Traditional play equipment will also be incorporated into the landscape such as a double zip wire, rope swing, look out tower with slide, a bespoke timber platform, and many more features for children and adults alike to explore.
Parklands High School in Chorley have been working with Newground throughout the scheme, and will be designing the coats of arms which will be installed prior to the site’s unveiling. The school pupils have visited the Hall as part of their research, and have also helped with the turfing and planting which has already been completed on-site.
Two work placements have also been created by the project, with Newground recruiting two local people to work with them on-site to gain valuable work experience. ‘Brothers of Charity’ who run Pet’s Corner in the park, will also be involved in the final planting and preparation work.
Mark Grimshaw, Contract Manager at Newground said, “This is a really exciting project and we’re proud to be part of it. We’ve come up with a truly bespoke and interesting scheme which will not only extend the play provision within Chorley, but also enhance the landscape of Astley Park. As a Social Enterprise, it’s great to involve local people in practical aspects of the project, and hopefully it will be a space which will be enjoyed for many years to come.”