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360 Play Redditch

New UK FEC opens D

P Leisure opened its fifth 360 Play family entertainment centre (FEC) last month in the UK, aimed at toddlers and children up to the

age of 12. The new outlet in Redditch, south of Birmingham, is the

company's first inside a shopping centre. As with the existing 360 Play sites in Milton Keynes, Stevenage, Leicester and Basildon, all of which are located on leisure parks, design and masterplanning was carried out by DP Associates, which also project managed the build. It is hoped the new FEC in Redditch will feed off and provide additional footfall for the many retail and F&B outlets already on site at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

Forrec announces

new CEO In a surprise announcement earlier this month, the Toronto-based international design firm Forrec revealed that is is to appoint Cale Heit as its new president and CEO, replacing Gordon Dorrett as from October 1.

“Cale is an ideal choice for

next CEO because he has been a part of FORREC for almost 25 years,” confirms Dorrett, who is to stay on as executive director. “He has extensive relationships with clients and the entertainment industry, and has done an exceptional job managing our day-to-day operations. Because of his experience, this will be a seamless evolution. I expect no disruption to client or project management and I know he will inspire and energise our future.” Cale Heit joined Forrec in 1993 after graduating

This latest 360 Play venue follows what is now a tried- and-tested formula fusing rides and play equipment with activities where parents can get involved as their children as they role-play in replica shops and business including a mini supermarket, pizza parlour, vets, fire station, garage and more. Among the other attractions are a two-storey play structure from the Soft Brick Company, bumper cars and a carousel from IE Park. A party zone offering a dedicated area for children’s parties is also available, along with a toddler zone, messy play area, café and numerous seating areas. “We are thrilled to open our fifth 360 Play site,”

confirms DP/360 Play founder Duncan Phillips. “We see it as a great opportunity for ourselves and the shopping centre owner Capital and Regional to create a genuine retail and leisure destination.” “We are delighted to have found a fantastic family

entertainment centre concept,” adds Kingfisher Shopping Centre's Ken Williams. “Early customer feedback has highlighted the difference between 360 Play and other

from the University of Guelph (Canada as a landscape architect and spending two years as a freelance landscape designer. He steadily rose through the Forrec ranks as landscape architect, masterplanner, project director, acting practice leader, sector leader for theme parks and executive vice-president of operations.

“I’m delighted to be chosen for

this role,” said Heit as he paid tribute to Gordon Dorrett. “Gord is one of the best in the business and I plan to build on his playbook by continuing to have great teams, customers, projects and partners, while still living up to the company’s core business, which is the business of fun.” Dorrett has a 30+ year history

Departing CEO Gordon Dorrett (left) with Cale Heit

with Forrec, joining the company in 1985 after graduating from the landscape architect programme at

the University of Toronto. During his time with the firm he has been instrumental in helping to establish the strong corporate structure that Forrec says set is apart from other entertainment design firms.

Chinese hotel launches stylish entertainment zone

Opened just ahead of Chinese New Year, the new Sanya EDITION Hotel at Hainan Island is the latest 5- star property designed by The Ian Schrager Company for Marriott International – and it's not just adults who will enjoy the facilities on offer. The Playland kids club/entertainment zone, designed by Angenvoort Asia Pacific, features rides, minigolf, a Playoke dance game and more. As families' expectations towards multi- generational experiences in 5-star resorts evolve, the Angenvoort company decided to rethink the concept of a kids club in designing the colourful area.


soft play centres, with customers staying longer and arriving from beyond our core catchment areas.”

Folly Farm wins holiday village

approval Planning permission was granted earlier this month for a major holiday village at one of Wales’ most popular visitor attractions as Pembrokeshire County Council approved plans for the £10 million ($12.3m/€11.5m) project at Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo in Pembrokeshire. Comprising 135-units, the holiday village will apparently be the first of its kind in the UK.

The planning application was submitted by RPS Planning & Development, which designed the layout, provided all the supporting technical reports and helped negotiate the decision with the local authority. Voted Best Day Out in Wales in the 2016

Welsh Hospitality Awards, Folly Farm attracts around 500,000 visitors every year, with families enjoying its farm, zoo, adventure park, vintage fairground rides and Ferris wheel. According to RPS operational director Nick

Laister, the holiday park will extend the experience with a variety of accommodation options: “After visiting the spectacular zoo, visitors can stay in a safari lodge overlooking a new animal reserve with watering hole and watch exotic animals in a natural environment,” he explains. “Those who have enjoyed Folly Farm’s vintage fairground can stay in a traditional showmen’s living wagon or a colourful circus tent. There will also be an opportunity to stay on the farm in bell tents, teepees, yurts, and touring caravans/camping. This is a really exciting development.”

MARCH 2017

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