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T.A.P reach new heights with ‘crystaline’ East Kilbride adventure course

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February 2 2017

T.A.P reach new heights with ‘crystaline’ East Kilbride adventure course
Taylor Architecture Practice (T.A.P) have given shoppers at East Kilbride shopping centre a leg up with a newly unveiled aerial adventure course at ‘The Hub’.

Aerial Adventures takes the form of a symbiotic climbing wall attached to the central atrium above the mall’s ice rink as part of an initiative by Orion Capital Partners to diversify its leisure offer.

Part of a wider remodeling by BDP the intervention includes a high-level assault course suspended from the roof and a pod insertion containing a reception area, changing facilities and a café.

To avoid distracting skaters below a suspended ‘halo’ of translucent polycarbonate has been hung to block line of sight to the array of obstacles lurking above.

Outlining their vision T.A.P noted: “The central portion of the wall is for climbing on whilst the two wings conceal large ventilation ducts. The intent was to provide a continuous, crystalline surface which forms a dramatic backdrop to the ice rink arena. The existing back wall of the ice rink and part of the second floor was removed to provide space for the climbing wall, which sits on a balcony at first floor level, open to the ice rink.”

The complex geometry of the resulting insertion necessitated a rigorous modelling process to create a precise curvature for the new wall.
555 custom made panels were specified to complete the bespoke climbing wall
555 custom made panels were specified to complete the bespoke climbing wall
A soft play area for children is included in the scheme
A soft play area for children is included in the scheme

3 Comments

Sir Ano
#1 Posted by Sir Ano on 2 Feb 2017 at 17:38 PM
The standard of work and finishing at this refubishment is absolutely shocking. Contractor should be embarrassed.
Skinny-G
#2 Posted by Skinny-G on 3 Feb 2017 at 08:59 AM
Looks good to me, especially when you consider how it looked before the refurb. Hopefully it will bring this part of EK back to life.
QMD
#3 Posted by QMD on 3 Feb 2017 at 09:40 AM
I would say, in overall, it is an ambitious project. Sadly, as what #1 has mentioned, contractor brought the whole project to its lowest quality.

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