Baobab Tree, Madagascar Zone, Chester Zoo

BCA Landscape Architects came up with the concept of a Baobab tree slide as a centre piece for the new play area. We turned the concept into an iconic sculpture.

The finished sculpture stands at 9m and has a 6m long slide, provided by Timberplay, emerging from its side at the top of an internal oak spiral staircase. On either side the stairs are finished with a stainless steel handrail which spirals up the inside of the tree providing the all important safety element to this unusual play structure.

No Baobab is complete without its crown of branches. Our tree is adorned with laser cut galvanised steel branches which were the final piece to be installed and turned the oak slatted bullet shaped trunk into a truly magnificent Baobab. Standing as it does above the whole site we are sure the tree will become a popular and well recognised addition to Chester Zoos amazing collection of landmark structures

The whole project was on a very tight timetable and we had to grow our core team with the project and keep the wider Handspring family at full tilt for quite some time, so thanks to everyone for their superhuman efforts in delivering it on time.