Young snakelets slithered back through the doors of a popular Brentford indoor playground following its six-figure upgrade.

The 17,500 sq ft Snakes and Ladders centre inside Syon Park has been closed since February for a refurbishment which saw it stripped right back to the girders.

On Monday (4) a lucky few children and their parents got a sneak peak of the new facilities which include huge three-tiered climbing frames, ball ponds, tunnels and climbing ropes.

Everything is divided into various play zones and there is even now a soft-play corner for under fives.

The adventure playground, one of four in the country, employs 40 people and opened in 1995 on the site of the former Heritage Motor Centre inside the park which is the London home of the Duke of Northumberland.

The whole project was managed by the Northumberland Estate but a large slice of the £2.5million cost came courtesy of a loan from NatWest.

Andrew Kirkwood, director of Snakes and Ladders, said: “When we opened the Brentford site 19 years ago, the building provided the right space for the business.

“When we started out, the indoor play centre industry was in its infancy.

“Customers accepted the Brentford site for what it was but the improvements will give us a better space to operate in.”

From left NatWest Relationship Manager Neil Taylor, Dingle Kirkwood and Andrew Kirkwood, director of Snakes and Ladders.
 

NatWest senior relationship manager Neil Taylor helped Mr Kirkwood obtain the loan via the bank’s Funding for Lending programme which has been backed by the Government.

Mr Kirkwood said: “Neil was good to work with and was able to find solutions which met our funding needs.”

Mr Taylor added: “I was delighted to support Snakes and Ladders on the refurbishment project. It’s a fantastic business which brings enjoyment to many children and I wish the business every success for the future.”