Designing the Adventure – Hannah Day

Designing the Adventure – Hannah Day

An insight into one of our enthusiastic Creative Designers

We have a new addition to our in-house project design team, the amazingly talented Hannah Day!

Hannah joins Greenspan after 10 years of architectural training at the prestigious Oxford Brookes University. Her passion for illustration and bringing vibrant ideas to life combines with her professional experience to bring a unique technical and imaginative perspective to the team. She loves to think like a kid and hopes to play on all the designs she creates!

We asked her about working on her first project for Greenspan, which was to design an Adventure Golf course in the theme of the St. Andrews Old Course for a caravan park.

It sounds like it was a great first project to jump straight into for her:

“The concept for the Adventure Golf Course was a joy to work on. I had the chance to utilise and adapt my architectural experience while letting my creative imagination run wild. I never thought my career would lead me to researching the history of the St. Andrew’s Old Course, but I’m glad it did! Understanding the intricacies of playing the links course, the history of the town, and the landscape was fascinating and crucial to developing a design that is empathetic and bespoke to the client and the place. I learn new things every day here!”

Clayton Caravan Park's Adventure Golf Course in the theme of the St. Andrews Old Course

Her passion certainly shows when it comes to delving deep into researching the project’s brief for the theme and letting her imagination flow through what she learns about it. The enthusiasm she exudes certainly brims to the top for each of her projects. It then seems to develop into an eagerness to see her concepts being turned into reality and wanting to see them in their fully completed form:

“I’m so excited to see a concept I’ve designed come to life on-site…in fact, I’m off to buy my train tickets to Scotland…I want to be first in line to play!”

We asked her what she enjoys the most about what she does and why:

“From a young age, what I have loved most about good architecture and design is the positive impact it has on people and communities.”

“Getting to draw and talk all day about exciting ideas with people who love and are passionate about what they do is an absolute gift. Bringing clients’ visions to life and seeing them get excited about their new project is so rewarding.”

“Mostly though, I love the opportunity to think like a kid, and design nearly entirely with the intention of creating joyful spaces that afford people the chance to relax, be together and create memories. You’re never too old to play!”

We love how the main reward she takes from her work is the joy she has seeing others reaping the fruit of her creative output. It shows how unadulterated she is by self-interest and the level of her empathy towards the entities that count the most – the people who come to use our Adventure Playscapes. Having the users enjoyment in mind is a motivation that we all have at Greenspan for each of our client projects.

We are grateful to have Hannah Day as a new member of the Greenspan team. We will wait to see, with great anticipation, her first Greenspan design is fully constructed and signed off.

Click here to get inspired and take a look at the amazing concept designs we produce.

Please contact us today to find out how we can design and build an inspirational Adventure Golf Course and/or Adventure Play area for you, via:

Phone: +44 (0) 2380 476 737

Latest Project

Tui Marella Cruises Adventure Golf

Marella Voyager is the latest newly refurbished vessel to enter the Marella scene. Formerly Mein Schiff Herz, Marella Voyager is the second of two Century-class cruise ships operated by TUI Cruises. Built for Celebrity Cruises at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, Marella Voyager is now equipped with a vast variety of bars and restaurants, as well as an indoor cinema, a pool deck – complete with a swimming pool and whirlpools – and a big show lounge.

Marella’s product development team were looking for something else a little different to bring to a ship undergoing an entire bow-to-stern refurbishment… unlike anything they’d seen on cruise ships before! So, the team engaged with a variety of suppliers and eventually chose Greenspan Projects to work on the design concept for a unique, exciting attraction that will keep passengers entertained… atop The Veranda, overlooking the sea.

Greenspan’s creative design team set to work to produce a concept that could be enjoyed by all… and, of course, centred the story on none other than the beautiful big blue sea! Pops of colour in the coral reef, creativity with realistic rockwork and enhanced playability were key elements considered. Marella are conscious that all passengers should have the opportunity to enjoy all aspects of any attraction on the ship, so accessibility and safety were also factored in from the outset.

Upon completion of the design concept, Marella instructed the Greenspan project team to begin the build in Cadiz, Spain, while the vessel was in dry dock. Utilising expertise from marine specialists within the project management team, challenges needed to be considered during the build in terms of factors such as movement of the ship post-build – as this is no static attraction! For safety purposes, for example, the rock formations needed to be brought away from the external railing to account for movement of the vessel and overall safety – plus the space constraints were something a little unique to work with… but not something the Greenspan team couldn’t handle!

The experience of the build was ultimately enjoyed by many members of the Greenspan team – from our estimators, to procurement, project management, marketing and the senior leadership team… it has been a pleasure to be a part of during our first marine attraction build.

Lawrence Benneton, Hotel Refurbishment Manager for Marella Cruises, said: “Marella were very impressed by Greenspan’s “can do”, positive attitude. Working closely with the Marella team on their first marine project, there were a few unbeknown curveballs thrown their way, which they adapted to proficiently.

“We have enjoyed working with the Greenspan team… and we really look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Managing director of Marella Cruises Chris Hackney went on to say the line is now at its largest capacity, giving agents a “fantastic opportunity” to push sales. “We now have five ships in our fleet which means our capacity is at the largest it has been so we can take more customers away than ever before. This makes it so much easier for agents as they know that we will deliver a quality product, and now, with the addition of Marella Voyager which truly is our best ship yet, there is even more of it.”

“It has been my pleasure to officially open the adventure golf on Marella Voyager, and we look forward to seeing it thrive.”

Rod Morton, CEO of Greenspan Projects, said: “We’ve found that designs that allow people to congregate comfortably around key areas like bars and golf holes help to create an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation. Safety is also a huge element within what we do. We follow the International Maritime Organization’s regulations across all products that we install onboard vessels. From wallpaper and fabrics to artificial grass, we ensure all products are certified with the ship’s wheel mark to confirm authenticity.

Working with Tui Cruises and Marella has been a genuine pleasure and we look forward to many more marine builds for them in the future!”

Find out more about Marella Voyager and her itinerary by clicking here. 

Inspired? Check out our more about Greenspan in the cruise industry here!

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