Posted: 01 Nov 2017
On Wednesday 8th November the Mayor of Newham will officially open Stratford’s latest fun emporium, ZAPspace, a stunning indoor trampoline park on Stratford High Street.
This redevelopment of the long neglected venue, ‘The Rex’ into a stunning indoor trampoline park where the art-deco character of the building is juxtaposed with the youthfulness and bright graphics of a 21st century leisure venue.
As the only trampoline park in the Stratford area, ZAPspace is jam-packed with features, including a new-to-the-UK ping-pong jump, a drop slide, a cardio wall, and a tumble lane, as well as large open trampoline areas and dodge ball courts.
The venue also features a cafe, a SkyBar (suitable for private & corporate events) party booths and changing rooms with showers. There is also a soft play area for the little ones. The wider redevelopment also introduces a new restaurant, the Old Town Bistro, accessed via the High Street, and underground speakeasy, The Curious Fox to the area.
The project has been undertaken by ZAP Architecture, with Red Door Ventures as partners and custodians of the site and backing from entrepreneur Connor Burrowes.
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham said: “I am pleased to open this exciting new venue in Stratford. This is an innovative project which will bring this site back into temporary use, creating a new entertainment venue for families. ZAPspace has offered our schools 10,000 free bounces so Newham children have the opportunity to visit the venue for free.
“I am proud of everything that Red Door Ventures has achieved so far. Since it was set up by Newham Council in 2014, it has built hundreds of new homes with plans in place to create thousands more. By also investing in projects such as this, it is bringing exciting new venues to the borough as well as creating jobs for our residents.”
Henry Frost, ZAPspace CEO comments: “ZAPspace is the perfect place to jump up, get down, unwind and have fun in a safe place. ZAPspace has been thoughtfully designed to not only accommodate and impress the kids but adults too. By including private party space and relaxed meeting facilities in our impressive SkyBar, we’ve also created a fun place for events. ZAPspace has some interesting and bouncy years ahead in this location and I cannot wait to see it flourish in this charming part of Stratford.”
Kent Taylor, Managing Director for Red Door Ventures comments, “We are delighted to be working with ZAPspace to bring our second leisure opportunity to Stratford. The trampoline park will be open to the public to enjoy for next number of years whilst we progress our long-term plans to redevelop the land at The Rex to bring much needed housing to the area.”
The team behind ZAPspace prides itself on having a community focus. The majority of ZAPspace employees reside locally and were recruited via Newham Council’s Workplace scheme. It has also committed to offering 10,000 hours of free bouncing to local schools, giving children the opportunity to exercise in a fun environment.
Pol Gallagher CEO ZAP Architecture comments: “As a creative, I never shy away from a challenge. The ZAPspace indoor trampoline park is a project we’re extremely proud of. It is what we call our ‘fun emporium’. We have had a creative explosion in this previously derelict theatre auditorium, fitting our build around its unique features in a bid to create the most impressive trampoline park in London. We look forward to children and adults bouncing and enjoying the beautiful space”
ZAPspace opened its doors to the public on Thursday 12th October 2017.