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We have been super busy over the past few months, with lots of exciting projects installed, and many in the pipeline. Here's a short roundup of some of the playgrounds we have worked on recently.
Chellow Heights Special Needs School came to us with a brief to create an accessible and fully inclusive, all-weather space for their outdoor area. They were dealing with was an unusable muddy area, which was completely unsafe and unsightly. The outdoor space is now welcoming and has a combination of surfaces to create different textures. Now that Spring has sprung, the children will be able to enjoy the fresh air in much better surroundings.
For this project, we designed, built and installed a bespoke Ramshamble Tower System for Rufforth Playing Fields Association in York. The tower itself is an organised shamble of equipment, with a high and low level platform for children to climb up to. There is a Tilted Traverse Panel which can be used to climb up to the highest platform on the tower, as well as incorporated peek through holes and a steel slide which engages younger children through opportunities for role play. We also provided play-grade wood chip surfacing for this job, which is a safe material and prevents any nasty bumps or grazes.
Topcliffe Parish Council play area near Thirsk was a fantastic project to work on, however the actual install was postponed due to flooding on site. This prolonged the project by a few weeks, but after a wet and rainy start, we managed to install some great pieces of equipment. We built their new tower system in our workshop initially, before installing on site afterwards. Their new play area now includes a toddler unit with a cedar shingle roof, stainless steel slide and a scramble net. We have also incorporated shop counters for role play, which will help the children to engage with each other, while sparking their imaginations. All of the varied platforms we used are completely safe, as they are clad with slip resistant decking panels.
We began the design work on Luttons Community Primary School in November 2015, and it was a really great project to work on overall. The main components of this playground in Malton are a stage area and an adventure trim trail. The stage area is a well-loved element of this playground, with three balance beams in front to create an enclosed seating area for children to view acts. It also doubles as a simple trim trail, encouraging balance and coordination. The main trim trail is the focal point within the playground and offers up many challenges for those who wish to give it a go. With areas to wobble, climb, traverse, balance and swing, this trim trail provides a real adventure for young children. Alongside the trail itself is a path that splits into two, which have different pieces of equipment on each, providing unique and exciting tasks for all including the following:
For Outgang Play Area in Heslington we made new additions to their existing playground. As you can see from the 'before' pictures, the playground was very old-fashioned and run down. It was our job to design and install an adventure trim trail for children in the area to enjoy. We gave them a brand new nest swing, junior swings and springers, as well as trim trail equipment for young children to enjoy. After being successful in their funding application from Awards For All, which we guided them through, they will be adding further to their outdoor space later in the year. As you can see from the finished photograph, it is already looking so much more colourful and inviting.
This project was for a playground at South Milford Community Primary School, which is in between York and Leeds. We designed, built and installed a brand new mini forest climber for the school, which incorporates a traverse net and balance beams. The school playground now has a focal point, and most importantly, somewhere for the kids to let off steam at playtime. We have so many exciting projects coming up over the next few months, which we will tell you about in due course, but feel free to browse our blog and our website for some playground inspiration in the mean time.