Inclusive Play are delighted to award Drumpellier Country Park play area with PiPA status, making this site the first Scottish play area to be awarded as a Destination PiPA.
“The Crannog” play area at Drumpellier Country Park was opened to the public in June 2017. The play area is themed around an iron-age “crannog”, a traditional dwelling house constructed on stilts over water. This bespoke inclusive structure was designed by Jupiter Play and produced by their partners at FHS. Funding for this project was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, CultureNL, WREN and North Lanarkshire Council.
The entire unit can accommodate wheelchair usage and the main entrance walkway, outer platforms and inner ’roundhouse’ are also fully accessible. Other key inclusive features are: AudioNetic sound makers, musical features, tactile carvings, pendulum swing with basket and low lying nets with mirrored ceiling. The key design consideration was to capture all aesthetic elements of a Crannog whilst including progressive play, sensory elements, risk and continued challenge for children at all levels of their development. No child is left behind as there is an access route for every ability; once a child feels some self-assurance, they can try out tougher routes. There are a wide variety of options to choose from in deciding how to access, move around and exit the play structure. The layout encourages children to practice making choices and exercise cognitive function experiencing the consequences of those choices in a safe and secure setting.
Joanne Talbot, Business Manager of Inclusive Play said, “it has been a great experience working in partnership with Culture NL and the Jupiter Play design team to create such a special location. As this is the first Destination PiPA site in Scotland it is really a testament to everyone’s hard work and dedication to achieving a fully inclusive play space. The Crannog at Drumpellier Park is the true meaning of inclusion.”
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Watch Hawthorn Heights Ltd drone view video from The Crannog opening day in June, below.