Oatlands Guernsey’s new ‘world class’ attraction
Completing the creation of a world-class visitor attraction is the second and final phase of the comprehensive refurbishment and extension of Guernsey’s famous Oatlands Village – a top tourist attraction for the whole family.
The project, now in its final stages, will bring new life to this ‘Island Gem’ and is being carried out for Oatland’s new owners Chris Coles of FB Limited and investment company Ravenscroft, in a joint venture with Bailiwick Investments Limited. Main Contractors are FB Ltd.
The new owners are undertaking the comprehensive update, with the attractions being open as usual throughout the works.
Phase Two is a major development comprising the construction of over 28,000 sq ft of additional space in a steel framed building clad in timber to give an ‘agricultural’ look.
The building includes an extensive brand new double height state of the art children’s play barn, with sections for different ages and including six different slides – circular linear and ‘racing’, a trampoline area, a metro car raceway, pool tables, air hockey, water shooting games and a sensory area.
The building also includes a restaurant, above which is suspended the famous ‘Joey the little yellow plane’, a character well known to children on the island and previously owned by Aurigny, the Channel Islands’ local airline. The 200 seater restaurant is on the ground floor, with a further 150-seater restaurant with its own kitchen on the floor above and, which also includes an oak balcony with seating.
Tim Guilbert of Guernsey-based development and property consulting company Consult & Build Project Managers Limited, who is the contracts manager for the project, said: “The play area is believed to be one of the best in Europe.
“The suspension of the plane over the restaurant was a very complicated operation where logistics were key and involving a specialist team of over 60 people. The plane is hung on a bespoke suspension system.”
Further works include the construction of a timber framed courtyard retail unit and the installation of a complete new electrical and water network throughout the entire site.
Tim Guilbert said: “The outcome of the project will be exceptional, providing a fantastic facility for the island – people will be blown away by the sheer scale of what is available.”
Phase One involved a diverse range of works including the re-thatching of two of the sites major buildings. Other works included the installation of new toilets, and remedial works to the premises of Ego Motifs, who provide bespoke embroidery and printing services. The works also involved the upgrade of the site entrance and exit doors and storage areas.
The main site toilets within the central courtyard were upgraded and a large amount of new signage was also installed, together with the general improvement and tidying of all areas of the attraction.
Stylish external gates were installed, together with automated main gates at the entrance to the site.