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Priory Park Play Area, Chichester

Priory Park

Nestling in the heart of Chichester, a new play area rich with opportunities for all abilities has been designed and installed by Russell Play. Bespoke long-lasting Robinia was selected for the majority of the equipment which includes, a bespoke play castle with climbing rocks, sand play house, spring animals, swings, climbing structures and zip wire. The high-speed Surf Spinner was also chosen alongside a DDA compliant Access Whirl.

Children playing on large steel slide of timber playhouse


The area had to be sympathetically designed as it is situated between an ancient Moat and Bailey Bridge on one side and the remnants of the cities Roman walls on the other. An emphasis on natural materials was an important requirement of the brief and the Robinia timber was a perfect solution to help blend the area into the surrounding landscape. A large sand play area was constructed enclosed by a castellated timber fence for the toddler’s area, the junior play items were surfaced with enviromulch with log edging and safagrass.

Timber cared castle themed playhouse at Priory Park, Chichester


Michael Gore, Chichester District Council’s Parks & Green Spaces Officer commented: The play area is extremely popular and has been packed every day since the opening”. When asked what he thought about the design he said It fitted in well with the historic setting of Priory Park and provided a wide range of challenging equipment, for a broad age range.The natural look was just right for this site and the planting helped to blend the play into the landscape”.

Timber plahouse with rope balancing bridge

Side view of timber playhouse with slide and rope balance bridge