Blackshaw Primary

A vibrant colourful play space for their EYFS pupils to engage in various physical play activity.

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About the Project

Blackshaw Primary School came to us asking if we could transform their EYFS area into a stimulating, bright and colourful play space, where their pupils could take part in various physical activity that would target different learning goals.

We installed a large Construction Area, encouraging the children could role play whilst, learning a variety of skills. We incorporated elements that replicated a real-life construction site such as a large sand area, Bucket and Pully System, a Builders yard to store tools and materials, and a Work Bench with Hangers to store their High Vis Vests and Hard Hats.

A Messy Play Area sparks children’s curiosity and encourages ‘child-led’ learning opportunities. Our Mud Kitchen allows children to collaborate with each other, improving  their language skills as they describe their different processes and recipes . Using different kitchen tools and weighing scales, helps them develop their fine motor skills and basic math’s. A chalk board provides the opportunity for children to express themselves and develop their handwriting skills. Our Mushroom Table and Seats is not just a great place to socialise but to lay out everything they have cooked up together in the kitchen.

Adding another element of Messy Play we installed one of our largest Sand Pits with Removeable Covers and two Bucket and Pulley System, to create endless hours of play value and creativity. The Sleeper surround retains the sand infill.

Large sections of the playground where often left muddy and unusable and therefore the school chose to invest heavily in the central artificial grass area to get the most out of the space and allow it to be used all year round. We can be clever in where we install the messy play areas/construction zones/sandpits as these naturally tidy up a space with the retention and add a surface related to the play activity, this is a great way to do things on a budget.

An existing climbing unit that was installed by ourselves a number of years prior was also given new lease of life with a new wetpour skim below and a tidy up. The Compact Action Zone was variation on an existing Action Structure so that we could fit within a specific existing footprint. The unit comprising of treated timber, HDPE plastic, powder coated steel and rope elements was slightly more challenging than we would usually suggest for an EYFS environment but after working closely with the teachers, they felt the children would benefit from the additional challenge. This being an example of how pivotal a collaborative approach between ourselves and the people working closely alongside the students and equipment is to creating a successful playground with longevity.


  • Construction Area with Workbench, Rope Bucket Pulley and Builders Yard Materials Store
  • Den Making Area with Mushroom Seats and Imitation Camp Fire
  • Messy Play Area with Mud Kitchen, Mud Store, Menu Board, Scales and Mushroom Table & Seats
  • Sleeper Sandpit with Rope Bucket and Pulley System, Platform and Removable Covers
  • Action Zone Compact Climbing Structure

Blackshaw Primary School

“Both playgrounds look so different! The children love it and are having a great time exploring their new equipment”

Julie Carrington , Business Manager

Handcross Park School

“It has now had two terms of busy use and still every day it makes me smile – and the children too. It is such a magical space with so much opportunity”

Jason Gayler, Head of Pre-Prep & Nursery

The Peterborough School

“The design, equipment and overall service was of a very high standard.”

Chris Charlton, Bursar

Batley Grammar School

“I can’t tell you how happy we are with the work and how the plans have come to fruition, thank you to you and all the team at Playground Imagineering.”

Karen Dack, Business Manager

The Cathedral School

“Great value and a quick turnaround, the playground was transformed in just 3 days.”

Mrs Wiskin, Headteacher

Beaumont Primary School

“It was the best design and most competitively priced quotation… they really brought our ideas to life!”

Victoria Griffiths , EYFS Lead

Hindley Junior and Infant School

“The design and finished installation was exactly what we had in mind…the children love it!”

Steven Hyde, Site Manager

Holy Trinity Primary School

“We love the bridge over the tunnel and more importantly, so do the children… it’s been a great success.”

Maggie Thomson, Business Manager

Urmston Infant School

“Playground Imagineering’s bespoke climbing structure was the perfect solution to utilise an awkward space.”

Mark Doherty , Deputy Headteacher

Rupert House School

“Playground Imagineering’s initial design was excellent and they were happy to make the few tweaks we asked for to ensure we got exactly what we wanted. Not only did they deliver the design they also did it on time and to a very high standard. I have no hesitation in recommending their services.”

Mr Kim Rawlingson, Bursar

Avondale Primary School

“It was difficult to envisage what could be achieved with our long, narrow outdoor area. Playground Imagineering’s choice of equipment and well thought out design has completely transformed transformed the playground and utilised the space perfectly.”

Vicky Brown, Headteacher

St John’s Primary School

“We have used Playground Imagineering for a number of projects and they have always exceeded our expectations.”

Mark Speakman, Headteacher

St. Thomas’s Primary School

“A professional approach was taken throughout and our pupils are delighted with the new equipment.”

Sheryl Farnworth, Headteacher

St. Michael’s Primary School

“The new play areas have greatly enhanced our provision and provided our pupils with many hours of enjoyable learning and development opportunities. For much of the work, the children’s ideas have also been carefully incorporated by the Playground Imagineering team into the equipment and areas they have provided. The attention to detail has been greatly valued.”

Alison Hart, Headteacher

St. Hugh of Lincoln Primary School

“After obtaining three quotes for our playground project, we decided to go with Playground Imagineering for the following reasons: I was very impressed with their presentation and proposal as they planned the project with our needs in mind and I felt I was receiving a bespoke service rather than an off the peg solution. As a result the product matches our needs and that of the site perfectly. They were always professional,  responsive and when changes were requested, they were dealt with smoothly and without question. I would have no hesitation in recommending Playground Imagineering.”

Mark Mountcastle , Headteacher

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