'Massive leap' forward for trampoline park project
CHRISTMAS has come early for a bold project to bring a trampoline and leisure park to Buckie.
The last three years or so have seen local man Graham Cormack, who represents the firm Braidreef Construction Ltd, working to transform the derelict site which formerly housed the Grampian Country Pork factory into a leisure facility offering trampolining, gymnastics and much more as part of a multi-phase development project.
Patience paid off for Mr Cormack this week when he announced that a major hurdle for the scheme – change of use permission from Moray Council which now sees the site zoned for recreational rather than industrial use – had been cleared.
He told the Advertiser: “It’s a massive leap forward for the project – with the change of use permission we can’t move ahead.
“Permission has been given for the whole project, not just the first phase, so we can now look to submitting an application for the new building envisaged for the site in the near future.
“It’s the best Christmas present I could’ve had, especially as I’ve been pursuing the idea of bringing a trampoline park to Buckie for years.”
Mr Cormack’s plans involve both refurbishing the existing buildings at the former factory site and, if granted permission by council planners, constructing a new one. These first two phases of the initiative would see the revamped structures housing the parkour and ninja warrior facilities while the new build would provide a home for a large trampoline and soft play area.
A cafe is also part of the phase one and two plans.
“We can get cracked on now with finalising our plans to submit to the planners, which we haven’t been able to do until we got change of use permission,” Mr Cormack continued.
“My other main immediate priority is to get building warrant to get on with the work to the existing building on site.
“With any luck I should be on-site beginning work with this by the end of January or into February.”
The application for change of use for the site prompted an overwhelmingly positive response from the public, and Mr Cormack was keen to express his thanks for the ongoing support he had received.
He added: “I can’t thank people enough for their support and patience over the years.
“It’s been very pleasing and a real boost to see folk getting behind the project and what I’m trying to bring to Buckie and the surrounding area.
“While it’s taken a while to get to the stage we’re at we have cleared a vital hurdle.”
If given the green light, this main court would feature an array of 56 trampolines with vaults, boxes and inclined trampolines
The site would also play host to: Eight-metre long tumble tracks; basketball lanes; a dodgeball court; bubble football court; performance trampolines and wall walking area; foam pit and gladiator battle beam and challenge zones; air bag jump zone; interactive challenge zone; half-pipe trampoline; gymnastics and parkour gymnasium; soft play frame; cafe and seating area and viewing gallery; party/meeting rooms.