Huge 1,270sq ft children’s play area coming to Ilford Exchange

PUBLISHED: 17:22 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:22 26 November 2018

Mock up design of the new play area. Picture:  Capital & Regional

Mock up design of the new play area. Picture: Capital & Regional


Giraffe, lion and meerkat climbing frames are coming to The Exchange Ilford as part of a 1,270 sq ft new leisure activity space for youngsters.

The animal soft play area will be built in the Wild Cubs Freeplay zone in the mall in High Road.

The new installation will have a Savannah wildlife theme featuring “creatively-shaped pieces” including a log ramp and an interlinked giraffe, lioness, and elephant mound, which children can climb, balance and tunnel through.

Brooke Rowlings, special projects manager at Capital & Regional, owners of The Exchange, said: “A key part of our ‘community’ shopping centre strategy is to provide best-in-class family facilities so that everyone can come and enjoy time together.

“We are thrilled to be the first UK shopping centre to feature a modern Playtime installation, bringing together global best practice in terms of design and function.

“This eye-catching and distinctive facility at The Exchange Ilford is sure to be enjoyed by our younger visitors and families for many years to come.”

Tech elements have been integrated into the design to provide a contrast to the active free-form play.

A wall-mounted matrix wall panel will feature an interactive LED lighting system that responds to human touch with changing colour, brightness and patterns and there will also be an interactive art panel for painting, drawing and puzzles.

American company Playtime will be building the play area and Julie Fitzsimmins, director for the company’s European activities, said: “It’s been great working in collaboration with Capital & Regional to bring immersive experiences and new design concepts to their community shopping centres.

“Working with our wonderfully creative Denver-based designers, and the European delivery team, we will ensure that the play areas have a positive impact on the centres’ performance, as well as deliver a whole host of family fun.

“This project has been designed to work at scale to accommodate large numbers of children at peak times.

“It is also unique, and custom designed in a contemporary Savana style to echo the work Capital & Regional has already completed on the family room and facilities.”

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