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Wild Wood Adventure

This unusual and exciting project was undertaken for Guildford Borough Council and their operating partner Craggy Island. The project included a new reception building, toilets and other visitor facilities together with car parking, paving and landscaping, to support a new adventure, ropes and climbing course set high up in the trees of Peacock Wood. The result is one of the most challenging and varied adventure courses in the UK which includes rope bridges, wobbly crossings and high speed zip-wires.

A tight procurement and build programme was required to ensure that the facility would be open to the public in spring 2014. Achieving this proved to be particularly challenging as the groundworks were undertaken in the midst of the wettest winter for 400 years, requiring a rapid redesign to cope with the saturated ground conditions. In order to speed up on site construction and provide a robust structure, the main reception building was constructed off site in prefinished modules, brought to site and craned into position.

The completed course and new visitor facilities were formally opened by the Mayor of Guildford on Saturday 17 May 2014.

Project Overview

Client: Guildford Borough Council

Location: Guildford, Surrey

Services Provided: Project Management; Design and Quantity Surveying

Value: £0.36m