Timberplay playscape at Chester Zoo Virtual Tour

This week’s Blog post showcases a recent virtual tour for one of our favourite, and longest-standing clients, Timberplay. They’re one of the UK’s leading designers and installers of outdoor ‘playscapes’ and for this blog post, we’ve highlighted one of our bespoke, immersive virtual tours of a recent install of Timberplay’s at Chester Zoo, called Wild Wood. They use our virtual tours to promote the quality of their work to prospective customers through their website and at exhibitions using tablets and VR glasses.

These sorts of tours are always fun to shoot, taking me back to my childhood of clambering around the woods near my house. I don’t remember having anything as cool as this to play on when I was a lad!

The tour is made up of 30+ high-resolution panoramas, captured around and inside the structures (some a tight squeeze, I can tell you!) that, once linked together and published, gives a real sense of you actually being there: especially when viewed in a VR headset like a Google Cardboard. The opening panorama is captured from up high (8 metres) as the perfect overview of the play area.

The User Interface (or UI) is designed around the Timberplay logo and branding to seamlessly match its website and we produced two different versions. The first includes text-based annotations that describe different elements of the build (perfect when the client is selling to customers – view that version here) and a second version, without the annotations (view here), which they can give to the end user, in this case, Chester Zoo.

For a recent exhibition at the NEC that both Timberplay and we were exhibiting at, we even supplied them with a box load of Google Cardboard VR viewers that they could give away to potential customers to take the immersive VR experience using their own smartphones.

As with all our virtual tour work, we optimise the finished tour to be mobile-responsive and to work on all current platforms (iOS, Android, PC, Mac, desktop, mobile, etc) and, as the tours are published in HTML5, they require no separate software download or ‘app’ to run which makes them incredibly simple to integrate into clients websites.