Saint Edmund’s Catholic Primary School
Our design was selected based on its ‘aesthetic, creative and practical use of the space’.
About the Project
St Edmund’s Primary School had an existing outdoor garden space, which had become no longer fit for purpose, due to the uneven mix match of surfaces, large planters that had rotting log retention and tired benches. The teachers asked if we could give the space a new lease of life and to make it warm and welcoming for both pupils and teachers.
We began by leveling out the surface to remove all trip hazards and to create a less disjointed area. We laid a mix of brown and green Artificial Grass to not only created zoned areas but to create a natural flow through the garden. We also designed around two existing planters so these were part of the entrance into the garden, with charming timber Gated Archways at both ends.
We wanted to ensure this area was a tranquil space for the children and teachers to come together, socialise, reflect and to build relationships. We installed numerous Bench Seating, Picnic Benches and surrounding Tree Seating to not only create hang out areas for bonding but to allow a place for the children to come away from the hustle and bustle of the playground to either read or just to destress. We installed custom planters for children to dig and plant their own flowers and vegetables, to gain a better understanding of the world, improve on their fine motor skills and have a sense of responsibility.
In addition to placing numerous planters throughout the garden, we aimed to enhance its visual appeal further by incorporating Trellis Panels. These panels provide support for climbing plants and flowers, cultivating a lively and enchanting atmosphere for children to explore and unwind in. We installed our Insect Hotel onto a tranquil tree within the school grounds, aiming to draw in numerous bugs and wildlife for the children to explore and discover. The presence of diverse wildlife will engage the children’s senses and establish a peaceful natural setting.
Our custom made compost planter with viewing window provides an educational and engaging experience, allowing users to observe the activity oof growing flowers, plants and vegetables in nutrient-rich compost. This not only serves as a hands-on learning tool for understanding the sprouting process, but also promotes environmental awareness and sustainability practices. In order to inspire children to engage more actively with nature further, we constructed our Weather Station to enhance their understanding of different weather conditions and patterns. This initiative not only fosters hands-on experience but also contributes to expanding the children’s scientific knowledge.
Our high quality stainless steel Musical Panel instruments build a sense of curiosity, improve observational skills, enhance memory and attention spans. Promoting inclusivity and freedom of expression in childhood development is crucial. Providing children with the chance to use exciting and engaging equipment in your playground design allows them the space to create and explore in their own unique ways.
Next to the Garden Area, we set up a spacious Timber Outdoor Classroom to encourage collaborative learning in a distinctive and natural setting. Conducting lessons outdoors has the potential to inspire young minds, fostering increased engagement and creativity. This approach not only reduces stress levels but also enhances a child’s overall well-being, promoting greater happiness.
- Treated Timber Archways
- Planter Arrangements
- Artificial Grass Surfacing
- Tranquility Garden Area
- Musical Instruments
- Weather Station
- Insect Hotel
- Picnic Tables
Blackshaw Primary School
“Both playgrounds look so different! The children love it and are having a great time exploring their new equipment”
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”
The Peterborough School
“The design, equipment and overall service was of a very high standard.”
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.”
The Cathedral School
“Great value and a quick turnaround, the playground was transformed in just 3 days.”
Beaumont Primary School
“It was the best design and most competitively priced quotation… they really brought our ideas to life!”
Hindley Junior and Infant School
“The design and finished installation was exactly what we had in mind…the children love it!”
Holy Trinity Primary School
“We love the bridge over the tunnel and more importantly, so do the children… it’s been a great success.”
Urmston Infant School
“Playground Imagineering’s bespoke climbing structure was the perfect solution to utilise an awkward space.”
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.”
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.”
St John’s Primary School
“We have used Playground Imagineering for a number of projects and they have always exceeded our expectations.”
St. Thomas’s Primary School
“A professional approach was taken throughout and our pupils are delighted with the new equipment.”
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.”
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.”