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Aerial adventures: TAP’s circular assault course hovers over ice rink

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Taylor Architecture Practice has inserted an assault course and climbing wall above an ice rink in East Kilbride Shopping Centre

As part of an extensive BDP-led redevelopment of the shopping centre, TAP designed a ‘HiRide’ assault course suspended from the roof above an ice rink. The project also comprises a climbing wall through with the HiRide emerges and a two-storey unit housing auxillary areas and a soft-play area.

The ‘HiRide’ assault-course is composed of a steel track which is hung from droppers and cables connected to the existing roof trusses. Various obstacles are suspended from the track and customers, wearing harnesses and clipped onto the track, can safely walk out over the ice rink below. A translucent polycarbonate ‘halo’ hangs below the obstacles to reduce the risk of ice skaters becoming distracted by the activities overhead. 

Ek aerial adventures wall elevations

Ek aerial adventures wall elevations

Cross-section through ice rink (left) and section through climbing wall (right). The assault course is made up of 555 panels

Architect’s view

The central portion of the wall is for climbing on while 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 space into which the climbing wall was to be inserted was a complex one, defined by a cantilevered floor slab above and angled walls on which were large vertical ducts on either side. The intent was to produce a design that dealt with these complexities in a single, continuous, crystalline surface, creating a striking effect which was different from, but also complimented, the newly refurbished ice rink arena. 

Ek aerial adventures axo.jpg

Ek aerial adventures axo.jpg

Cut-away axonometric showing climbing wall and HiRide

Project data

Location East Kilbride Shopping Centre
Type of project Leisure
Client Aerial Adventures / Orion Capital Partners
Architect TAP (Taylor Architecture Practice)
Structural engineer Dewar Associates
M&E consultant DSSR
Quantity surveyor Gardiner & Theobald
Fire engineering Atelier 10
HiRide contractor Icon Fabrications
Climbing wall contractor Walltopia
Fit-out contractor AKP Scotland
‘The Hub’ principal contractor Interserve Construction
Funding Private
Appointment Word of mouth
Tender date May 2016
Start on site date September 2016
Completion date December 2016
Contract duration 17 weeks
Gross internal floor area 650m²
Form of contract SBCC Standard Building Contract, (SBC/XQ/Scot, 2011 Edition)
Total cost Confidential

Ek aerial adventures plan

Ek aerial adventures plan

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