Playground design and consultancy
Playground design and consultancy
Our work is focused on creating playful spaces that encourage exploration, inclusivity and a sense of wellbeing for all users, regardless of their ability or age. We believe in providing the most invigorating, engaging, high quality, bespoke solutions possible, across all of our play environments.
Only well designed spaces receive the community input and care we feel is so important for the on-going upkeep of our public spaces. Whenever possible we strive to design in a contextual, sustainable manner, offering robust designs that minimise the impact on natural resources.
Playground design for different types of play
Children subconsciously use different types of play to help make sense of the world around them and aid the development of their life skills.
Many playgrounds only focus on the more active, physical types of play as these can be easily catered for by purchasing equipment, often without much thought or understanding of a child’s full needs or what a playground can achieve when well designed.
A good playground should challenge and promote children’s growth by providing opportunities for them to engage in a wide variety of different types of play. When creating playground designs we incorporate as many of these different types of play in an effort to stimulate children to use their minds and bodies in as many ways as possible. There are many different types of play but 6 of the most common are:
Sensory Play: Is the way in which a child explores their world by the use of the 5 main senses of touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Young children especially use all these senses to explore and make sense of their surroundings. Well-designed sensory experiences can help enrich a child’s life.
Creative Play: Allows children to communicate and interact through activities such as singing, dancing, shouting or drawing etc.
Social Play: Learning how to play appropriately with their peers through cooperation, sharing and understanding. Taking turns and team sports.
Active Play: Skipping, Running, Jumping, Hopping, Balancing, Spinning – Learning what your body is capable of and development of physical skills.
Imaginative Play: Adopting roles, make believe and acting out stories, helped by the provision of themed play equipment such as Ships, Play houses, Sculptures, Sand and Water Play.
Reflective Play: Quiet areas to contemplate their surroundings and observe how their peers deal with different situations and challenges.
This design of high quality play spaces doesn’t happen by accident and we employ enthusiastic and professional designers who share our passion and the passion of our customers with whom we work very closely – the only way, we believe, to achieve the best results.
Our design services are largely offered without charge, depending on the complexity and time required for any given project. We produce 3d graphics, plans and details along with fully costed proposals enabling our customers to realise their projects in detail before construction commences.
We work with schools, local councils, local authorities, family attractions, house builders and landscape architects and are happy to take on the role as lead designer for the whole space or we can work on just the playground element, as part of a wider design undertaken by a lead Landscape Architect. Flexibility, to meet our clients’ requirements, is at the core of everything we do.