Adventurous times for Haigh’s transformation

An artist's impression of the new play area

An artist's impression of the new play area

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THIS image showing how the new play area will look at Haigh Hall will trigger much excitement among the borough’s youngsters.

The adventure playground type designs are due to go before planning committee next month and are part of a £12m transformation.

Haigh Hall

Haigh Hall

Coun Paul Kenny, cabinet member for leisure at Wigan Council, said: “This is the next step in developing this fantastic visitor attraction, which is set to bring new leisure opportunities for people regionally and give a real boost to the local economy.

“I look forward to seeing the project starting to come to life over the next few months.”

The new Haigh Woodland Park will include a £6m restoration of the Grade II listed hall into a hotel, which council chiefs predict will provide a £30m boost the borough’s economy and increase visitors to 500,000 per year.

The council also plans to invest around £4m in infrastructure improvements and new attractions within the 250 acres of woodland surrounding the hall.

This is expected to reduce the maintenance burden for taxpayers by £8m over the next decade.

Other highlights of the master plan include a Kitchen Courtyard in the existing Stables block, a high ropes area and an innovative adventure golf course.

The adventure play area will be completed later this year with borough school-children and the Friends of Haigh Country Park group working alongside contractors Wicksteed Playgrounds on the plans.

Coun Kenny added: “The hotel and play projects underline how serious we are about transforming Haigh.

This transformation project heralds a new, golden age for what will become one of the North West’s most exciting green spaces.”

The council’s planning committee is expected to give the plans the greenlight with work starting from next month. For further details please visit www.wigan.gov.uk/HaighWoodlandPark