Europe, Middle East, Africa | May 2020
‘Saven’ the Best for Denmark’s Fårup Sommerland
If you go down to the woods this May, you might find Fårup Sommerland’s new family roller coaster. “Saven,” which means “the saw,” slices through the Danish park’s woodland. “The boomerang coaster takes you forward and backward, like an old saw cutting through a tree,” says Fårup Sommerland CEO Niels Jørgen Jensen.
Fårup’s team wanted an “old sawmill-in-the-woods feel” for the new Vekoma ride. Twenty riders at a time will roll along the 460-meter track in log-themed vehicles. Standing 24 meters high, “Saven” is the park’s tallest coaster and can handle 700 guests per hour.
“Saven” also features a smoke-filled underground tunnel, an encounter with a train, and a water splash effect. “It’s a unique coaster that can only be found in Fårup with this exact layout,” says Jensen.
The ride is centrally located in the park’s “Children’s Tivoli” area. The height requirement is just 95 centimeters, making the new ride accessible to the whole family.
The project team took care to preserve as much of the surrounding forest as possible. “Time has also been a challenge as we could not begin preparations until after our last day of opening in October,” says Jensen. Construction had to take place during a wet winter and Denmark’s most rainy February in 146 years. “We have had to empty a lake to have a place to drain all the rain from the tunnel building site,” says Jensen.
Crunch Time for Museum of London Expansion
A decision is expected soon on the Museum of London’s planning application to create a new, world-class museum within historic buildings at West Smithfield, London, U.K. If approved, the museum could welcome more than 2 million guests a year.
Sharon Ament, director of the Museum of London, hopes the project will “transform the idea of what a museum can be.”
Architects Stanton Williams, Asif Khan, and Julian Harrap plan to preserve much of the vintage market buildings, some of which date back to Victorian times. New display, learning, and events spaces—above and below ground—would allow the museum to host a wider range of exhibitions and activities than ever before. The museum also aims to increase its nighttime offerings.
Fundraising efforts are continuing for the £337 million project, with £42 million left to raise.