Work begins on new Pirelli Park play area

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Work is under way on the new play area at Pirelli Park in the centre of Eastleigh. Contractors, working for the Borough Council, have started construction of the new facility and there will be limited access for residents until it is completed.

The design of the play area takes inspiration from the heritage of the Pirelli Cable factory that used to be where the Pirelli Estate is now. The play space uses the shapes of the cable drums and wires to create structures for play that are unique to this park with the patterns in the safety surface featuring some of the artwork created by local children.

The funding for the project came from a combined fund for Play and Public Art, drawn from contributions from the developer of nearby homes, Bellway.

Cabinet Member for Social Policy and Chair of ELAC, Councillor Tina Campbell, said “We had to suspend work on this site whilst the country was in lockdown, but we’re really pleased to be back on site now building a fantastic new play area for local children to play in. Play parks like this are so important for helping families to keep active and stay fit and healthy.”

Work began on the site on Monday 17 August with the area expected to be closed until later in the autumn. A large area of the park is currently fenced off to allow the construction of the play area which will restrict the use of the park.

The area that has been fenced off is marked out on the below map.

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