2014 – 2015
Adventure World (AW) engaged Insight Project Services (Insight) to orchestrate the procurement of a D&C contract for the design and construction of the new Proslide Tornado 60 funnel slide in Perth WA, aka “The Kraken”.
The Kraken is the world’s tallest, steepest and longest funnel waterslide. The waterslide is a uniquely tailored Proslide Tornado 60 design out of Canada and drops 30 metres along 260 metres of spinning and twisting slide. The four-person raft must first negotiate over 150 metres of almost pitch black twists and turns, including a heart-pounding drop and 360 degree twist, before dropping 8 metres almost vertically into the massive 60 foot funnel, which is about the height of a six storey building.
It’s the second time in three years that AW has invested in a world-class attraction and IPS have worked on both.
The project required close coordination with Proslide, a specialist theming architect and the pool D&C Contractor. There were obstacles to overcome with piled foundations being installed on a very steep incline with significant site works required to provide access for the piling rig. The local project team proposed alternative structural solutions for the support of the slide to rude the number of columns and foundations, with great success.
The project ran on time and was opened for the 2015 summer season.
In mid-2012 Adventure World (WA’s largest privately owned theme park) engaged IPS in the role of Project Manager to oversee the procurement of the main station house building and footings for their new roller coaster ride –“Abyss.” Abyss is the single largest investment at Adventure World since it launched in 1982 and features a unique 10 storey high vertical lift, a more than 100 foot vertical drop, giant G-Force turns and head spinning twists.
The station house building was designed and constructed by Perkins Builders in unison with Oldfield Knott Architects and includes unique ride theming created by Adventure World to accentuate the old world Druid theme. Additional works included in the contract are a photo kiosk, new park ablution block and all of the foundations that support the rollercoaster.
The custom built rollercoaster includes four inversions through daylight and a secret dark ride section in the Station House as well as a zero-g-roll, rollover loop, cobra roll and inline loop all offering a hair raising journey over 630 metres. Riders experience turns, drops and disorienting twists while they travel in the open air and in the dark.
German rollercoaster specialist “Gerstlauer” – designed, manufactured, supplied and installed the rollercoaster in parallel with the completion of the Station House building (by Perkins). The coordination of these works was successfully managed between Adventure World, IPS, Perkins and Gerstlauer without incident. 99% of all rollercoaster foundations were perfectly aligned with the roller coaster structure despite both foundations and coaster being manufactured on opposite sides of the planet before being brought together on site.
Project Manager and Superintendent
The renovation of Dragons Kingdom included the installation of two brand new attractions, “Yarli’s Barrell Spin” and “Yarli’s Safari Convoy,” both manufactured and delivered from Italy and designed specifically for small children.
These two rides required a large amount of earthworks and retaining. In addition an extensive amount of additional theming was added to the entire area.
Works were successfully completed in time for the September 2012 Adventure World opening season and came in at just under $1M.