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Blog posted on 5th January 2017 by Ashleigh Cleet
As we mentioned in our previous post, 2016 was a good old year for us, in that we designed, built and installed some of our best and most exciting playgrounds to date, branching out into themed play areas, alongside education and public play. Take a look at some of our best installations of the last year.
Caring for a child with a serious, life-limiting illness can be extremely tough on families, and especially on the young person living with it every day. This is why respite homes like Martin House Children's Hospice are a real support to individuals in need, as well as the ones that they love.
Our project at the Hospice in Boston Spa Wetherby has got to be one of the most rewarding projects we had the pleasure of working on in 2016. Here, we created a zen sensory playground experience that could be enjoyed by all ages. Having been the second project we worked on over the period of 2015-2016, we were familiar with the place and its surroundings, and were happy to continue our work there, making the overall playing and learning experience more valuable upon the outcome.
Every single area within the Hospice's grounds was made fully accessible for wheelchairs and included 20 separate elements, all appealing to different senses to the children and young adults that stay there. Some of these zones included trampolines, sandpits, a picnic area, water play system, a sensory pathway and a storytelling seat.
We also installed planters into the design of this area, as nature is an important aspect to the Hospice and the lives of the children who reside there. This is because there are many trees and plants dotted around the grounds that have been donated by parents of children who have spent their time there over the years.
We were incredibly honoured to be asked to be a part of this project for Martin House Children’s Hospice and we were overjoyed to be approached to complete the work for them. Making their dreams a reality was one of the most heart-warming moments of the last year, as we helped them to deliver the best palliative care by installing a play area of the highest standard and that met all important health and safety requirements.
One of our largest and again, very enjoyable projects of last summer was at Freemantle C of E Community Academy in Southampton. Developed in two separate stages over the half-term holidays, we had help from one of our talented contractors to build on site as the apparatus was so large. But alas, we got there in the end!
Freemantle were the first school to have our geometric shape range designed and installed, which is a modular playground that is made up of separate pieces of equipment designed bespoke for a specific area. The magic to this type of equipment is that it can be moved and rotated, creating different formations every single day. We installed this as part of Phase 1, which incorporated the Early Years area.
The main zones within the design are a Story Time zone and a Nature Area, with a role play window and a den building wall.
Phase 2 was the Tree Top Walk, which everyone loved, as well as us! This walkover adjoins to the school's balcony and sits above the new development. With towers and hidden walkways, it looks incredible, and there's certainly plenty for everyone to do, with climbing frames, nature boards and workstations
Making the best of a small space is what we do best, and we certainly did it with this particular project, utilising every nook and cranny possible.
Again, another big project for us in size, and probably one of the most ambitious of the entire year. Here we have Brookfields Specialist SEN School in Reading, where we bespoke built a tower system to to the needs of the school and their children.
Brookfields School offers personalised education and support to pupils with learning difficulties and additional needs and it was a great pleasure to be asked to be involved in a programme as grand as this. Inclusive play is a subject that is very close to our hearts and we believe that every child should feel included when it comes to interacting and playing with their peers.
We designed The Brookfields Tower system which was completely tailored to their requirements, offering challenging elements that aim to help children develop progressively, making them more confident over time.
This special tower system comprises of four different towers; the main observation tower, look-out tower, century tower and accessible tower. Head over to our case study to see what you think!
Back in February 2016, we worked alongside our friends at THEME3 on an amazing project at Warwick Castle, which was well-documented in the press.
Our challenge was to design and build an 8 metre-long sunken Viking longboat in the shot time frame of 4-5 weeks, as well as making it fully removable. After a lot of man hours, we managed to get the job finished in time.
The Viking longboat features a functioning mast, dragon's head that blows smoke, hand-painted shields and and a treasure chest; all creating an element of surprise for children who enter the maze.
As well as the beautiful longboat, we also manufactured bespoke pieces for each of the four zones wthin the maze, including a World War 1 trench, stamp training dummy and a sword and helmet holder. Billed as one of the UK's most exciting new attractions of 2016, we were so very proud to be a part of it.
After being more involved in the farming attraction sector, we designed and built the striking Cloud Hide-Away Tower for Holiday Park & Resort Innovation Show.
We met some great connections at the exhibition, one being Tanylan Farm Holidays in Carmarthenshire. The piece we had on our stand attracted the holiday company and they decided they wanted it for themselves. It now sits pretty in the picturesque Gower Peninsula in the heart of South West Wales.
We had the pleasure of working on a design and build at Our Lady Mother of the Saviour Catholic Primary School in Runcorn, Cheshire last year. In fact, it was one of our last projects of the year, and what a way to go out with a bang!
In collaboration with Kestrel Interiors, we helped them to redevelopment of their early years play area. Creating a concept that tied in many bespoke elements from Playscheme, the design included lots of fun equipment, including a water play system with waterfalls and a splash pool. Take a look for yourself!
Becoming members of the National Farmers Attraction Network in 2016, we increased our involvement in the farming and rural attraction industry.
We created a bespoke piece of play equipment for Balloon Tree Farm, who are based very near to our site in York. Asking us to create a stunning focal point within the land and to create an area for young children to play on, we built the amazing Silo Tower Unit, that will grow and develop into a larger piece over time.
We can't wait to do further work with them in the future, and we strongly recommend visiting their farm shop, as it is phenomenal!
Clarence Gardens is a small and very traditional gardens which is situated across from York District Hospital. It offers a lovely place to sit and take in the fresh air amongst the busy urban setting. It was here that we installed a children's playground that incorporated natural play with two stunning play towers, which we named 'Twin Peaks'. Clever, hey?
At Playscheme, we see how important it is for schools to have the best facilities, especially in those areas that are more deprived. This means that the responsibility of keeping children active falls on the schools' and after school clubs' and facilities that are available.
Low Moor School got involved with the Lottery funded Primary Spaces where they applied for funding to install a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) to help combat this issue and to encourage sports during school hours, as well as for after school activities. In the hope to get their pupils to take new sports while at school, they believe that this activity will spur them on to get fit outside of school too, which will form a much longer lasting benefit on children beyond their primary school years.
With the new MUGA, the staff are eager to encourage social interaction with other schools; the head teacher also hopes to start inter-school sports, including after school clubs and local inter-school competitions to get their pupils active, fit and to represent their school in competitive sports.
Interested in hearing more about our play products? Give us a call on 01904607677 or arrange a consultation via email on firstname.lastname@example.org