Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre

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rushden lakes shopping centre aerial viewA Unique Shopping Experience

Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre is a unique place to shop, eat, and explore, offering a world of outdoor discovery at the gateway to the Nene Wetlands. It combines a modern shopping centre with the natural world, promoting the environment – something that we are happy to be a part of. As part of the development, they asked us to build several rustic creations that incorporated elements of the local environment. These included giant animal sculptures and carvings based upon the local wildlife, a pond dipping platform, a picnic shelter, and four nature-themed play areas. Collectively, these creations encourage locals to garner a greater interest in nature and local wildlife.

Giant Animal Sculptures

We made a series of giant bird and hare sculptures based on local wildlife, each one constructed from metal frames and finished with hand woven willow. These are located by busy thoroughfares, making them extremely memorable to visitors.

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Running Hare

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Swan Taking Flight

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Racing Swallows

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Hungry Starlings

See more pictures of the finished animal sculptures here.

Wooden Carvings Of Local Wildlife

Incorporating many different creatures from the local wildlife, including insects, fish, mammals, and birds, we placed many carvings around the site for visitors to discover. These delightful little finds will be memorable for all and exciting to discover.

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Duck Carving

fox carving in forest

Fox Carving

otter carving on ground

Otter Carving

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Coiled Snake Carving

See more pictures of the finished animal carvings here.

Picnic Shelter & Pond Dipping Platform

We built a rustic picnic shelter with a footbridge, encouraging visitors to eat outside, yet still protecting them from the elements (to some extent). Nearby we installed a pond dipping platform with a safety gate.

See more picture of the Rustic Picnic Shelter here.

Four Nature-Themed Play Areas

As part of our sister company that specialises in bespoke play equipment, Flights of Fantasy, we built four nature themed play areas. Each one incorporates elements of the local flora or fauna, offering a memorable and engaging play experience for children of all ages. You can see more information about the Rushden Lakes play areas on the Flights of Fantasy website by clicking here.


Your Project

Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us via email or phone to discuss your own project – we are only too happy to help, and can work from strict plans or make designs completely from scratch to fit your needs. We can also incorporate any design with other features to compliment your natural setting such as boardwalksdipping platforms, and observation decks / viewing platforms.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Please also take a moment to look at our past creations for further inspiration – every project is bespoke, thus unique.