Aldenham Adventure Playground, Hertfordshire
As part of its Aiming High for Disabled Children (AHDC) programme, and in response to feedback from public consultation on its plans, Hertfordshire County Council sought an organisation to design, build and manage a specialist, self-financing Adventure Playground accessible to all disabled children and young people including those in the AHDC groups A and B, aged 0-19 years. (Groups A and B described below.) Capital funding of £500,000 was made available by the Council and the provision needed to have a self-financing revenue budget.
Hertfordshire’s vision was and is that children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) and their families, should be supported to live as ordinary a life as possible. They should have the opportunity to achieve their potential, make choices about their lives and have fun.
The facility requirement was to meet the needs of all disabled children, including those in groups A and B below:
- Group A - Children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who have an additional impairment, such as severe learning disabilities and children with challenging behaviour which is Associated with other impairments.
- Group B - Severely disabled children and young people with complex health needs, including those with life limiting conditions, the technology dependent child those requiring palliative care; and those with moving and handling needs that will require equipment and adaptations.