Ipswich Skate Park
“This new skate park is going to be great for the Whitton and Whitehouse community and I am sure it will go from strength to strength.” – Rev Andrew Dotchin
The Brief: We worked to deliver a new skate park in Whitehouse Park, Ipswich, as a place to bring together the local community and offer youngsters a safe place to socialise. We won the contract to deliver the project due to our previous work with Ipswich Borough Council, and wide experience in multi-stakeholder funded projects. In this particular case, the project was supported by The North West Ipswich Big Local Trust, SITA Trust, Ipswich Borough Council’s North West Area Committee, and a panel of local skating enthusiasts.
The Aim: The skate park was developed to be a new hub for the local community where youngsters can socialise safely. In fact, since opening in October 2015 the park attracts skaters of all ages and abilities with its mix of features.
The Scope: The project was a truly multidisciplinary approach for us, involving landscape architects, structural engineers, and bringing in specialist acousticians and skate designers. We undertook the outline design, focusing on the Plaza design voted for by local skaters during the consultation.
The design cleverly used the site’s natural contours to provide a free-flow bowl park and incorporated an acoustic wall to minimise possible disturbance for people living near the site. Together with our landscape design, which blends the skate park into the wider park, this allowed us to secure planning permission.
After we were granted permission, we developed a detailed set of Employer’s Requirements to tender the works as a Design and Build contract. Wheelscape Skate Parks won the competition; we project managed them to complete the design and build in accordance with our design and requirements.