The new £9 million development from Willmott Dixon on behalf of Forestry England, will welcome over 750,000 visitors a year. The site includes an eco friendly timber framed visitor centre, café, event spaces, accessible toilets, 500 space car park, new cycle hub and a large outdoor covered seating area. Sustainability was at the core of this project with solar panels, a sustainable drainage design and rainwater harvesting all incorporated.
Bailey Streetscene were appointed to design, manufacture and install the external furniture, a robust 15×7 metre canopy and also the car park pay station shelters to the site. All the products were manufactured and clad in Scottish larch – Scottish larch provides a durable & natural finish and is sustainably farmed/managed.
The external furniture included two new additions from the Inspira range; a centrepiece 7.5×4.5 metre oval Inspira planter with integrated timber seating and four L shaped Inspira benches topped with timber that cornered the pathways to the centre. The ever popular and versatile Greengate Seats have been positioned overlooking the site, providing visitors a pleasant spot to take in the views.
Stainless steel Sheffield cycle stands are dotted around the site as well as the Cycle Hub providing multiple cycle parking spots for the many cyclists visiting the Forest. The canopy and pay station shelters feature a robust design whilst maintaining a natural finish that echoes the character of the main visitors centre and the location itself.
The project was completed in the summer of 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, our team worked in a staggered and coordinated effort adapting to a series of stringent safety measures to ensure the deadline was met as safely as possible.
Due to the increased popularity of outdoor leisure spaces, Delamere Forest has seen thousands of people visiting the site each week. The new facilities are of increased importance helping people access the forest benefiting their physical health and mental wellbeing.
Bailey Streetscene is part of the Bailey Street Furniture Group a privately owned collection of individual companies serving the construction sector, providing a wide range of street furniture, playground elements and associated services to the public realm, commercial and educational schemes throughout the UK.