Greenspan Projects: bringing aerial adventures & more to Holiday Inn

Greenspan Projects: bringing aerial adventures & more to Holiday Inn

Check out our latest article via Blooloop  on our new collaboration with Holiday Inn, Corby/Kettering… for an exciting new attraction!

Greenspan Projects has announced that construction has started on a new leisure and adventure area within the grounds of Holiday Inn Corby/Kettering. The woodland area, called Iron Pitt Woods, is set to open in early July and will be home to an 18-hole adventure golf course and aerial high ropes assault course and zip wire. The site will be managed by Jamie Jackson, woodland manager for Holiday Inn Corby/Kettering. Greenspan designed the project and is currently at work on the build.

Holiday Inn Corby/Kettering is a full-service 110-bedroom IHG hotel with various dining options. It features five luxury spa treatment rooms, a fully equipped gym and an indoor swimming pool, as well as a sauna, a steam room, a jacuzzi and six spacious meeting rooms. There is also free car parking and high-speed Wi-Fi. With the addition of the new outdoor facilities, the operator will have the ability to offer leisure and corporate team-building packages.

The new adventure golf course, which will be a first for Corby, will also be open to the public and will be available for functions, such as corporate events and birthday parties. The development is part of the hotel’s commitment to enhance the nature surrounding it.

Enhancing the visitor experience

Thanks to the new adventure facility, the hotel will be able to offer an improved experience to guests. It will also act as a great addition to the town.

“We felt that there was a gap for this in the local area and we could benefit both the business and the wider community,” says Jackson. “Greenspan came across as by far the sharpest during the research and tender process. We would love to continue and add more development in time, it will depend on the success of this. Greenspan is key in that.”

Rod Morton, CEO of Greenspan Projects, adds:

“Hotels and resorts are really upping their game when it comes to enhancing their venues, with the visitor’s experience at the forefront. We were delighted to be approached by IHG Hotels and Resorts for Holiday Inn Corby/Kettering to help them develop their dream to do just this. Their vision is to utilise their stunning natural surroundings to bring forward an adventure attraction that will ultimately bring even more joy to visitors – and although their current offering is already extensive, this will be the jewel in the crown.”

“Aerial adventures are a great deal of fun to work on – and engaging with Holiday Inn Corby/Kettering has been a genuine pleasure,” says John Whitehead, sales consultant for Greenspan Projects. “They have put their clientele at the forefront from the get-go and they are onto something truly unique and exciting here. I, for one, am looking forward to the end result. Prepare for a new adventure… with a twist!”

Recently, the Greenspan Projects team spoke to blooloop about their work in the growing competitive socialising space, highlighting projects with leaders in the field such as Boom Battle Bar in the UK and Puttery in the US.

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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