St Brendan’s RC Primary
Creating a positive and encouraging play space for the school’s EYFS pupils.
About the Project
We have had the pleasure of working with St Brendan’s Primary School for many years now and have at this stage worked on developing every one of their play spaces in some way.
We first started on their large KS1 and 2 playground which had some existing equipment they wanted to retain and build on the space they had around the perimeter of the large tarmac space. We moved their existing recycle plastic trim trail to another part of the playground which gave us a big clear section of grass to install a simple MUGA (Multi Use Games Area). The three new sides of fence are in the school colours with self-closing gate made for an enclosed areas for the children to take part in ball games and other competitive sports to build on their gross motor skills.
The groundworks carried out created a flat expanse of wetpour to play on and then the surrounding grass areas were covered with bonded rubber mulch to allow use all year round. A Sail Shade was also added to create a shaded space with picnic benches for children to socialise or work outdoors.
The mulch was also installed at the other end of the playground where the trail was reinstalled and the grass embankment tidied up and accessible. A storytellers area was also replaced at a later date in a quieter, more enclosed corner for the children to continue building upon their language skills, as stories are created and told and poems are recited.
One of out most recent projects on this KS1 and 2 areas was an extra long treated timber traverse wall which was installed to create a barrier between the adjoining resident homes and the playground. Rather than building just a solid fence, we used picket pales and rock holds to make it a physical play feature for the children to improve their strength and stamina.
On of our biggest projects at the school was the complete redesign and transformation of their EYFS playground. The teachers asked for a play area that would tie in with their schools Golden Values, which are creating a positive, caring and encouraging atmosphere for their pupils. During the design process we also kept in mind their school slogan: “Love Life, Love Learning, Achieve Together in God’s Love.”
There was a huge investment in trying to get the most out of the budget and the space they had available. It challenged us to be super creative and come up with a design that we think had a real wow factor. The area had various different levels which sometimes proved a safety issue for the young users and with this in mind we worked towards making the space safe and easily accessible for all.
The school chose to remove two very large overbearing trees in the area which instantly created more space and the undulating roots where no long a trip hazard. A retaining wall with picket fence was installed to create a lower and upper playground. The lower playground had a new layer of tarmac installed followed by a thermoplastic bike rack and number snake. The upper playground was covered with bonded rubber mulch to create a nice smooth surface throughout that allowed for access all year round.
There was an existing slope which had a sunken garden in it which we used as the starting point for a new multilevel physical play area. We came up with a ‘Ship in the Port’ design which had a gang way bridge onto the ship which children could clamber round. The quiet space below the platforms even made for some den spaces as well as seating behind the bow.
Moving onto the opposite side of the embankment we used a relatively flat space to install a reading den which was kitted out with friendly artificial grass surfacing, outdoor beanbags, book shelves and mark making boards.
An outdoor classroom was created with a semi-circle of benches positioned in front of mark making boards for both child and teacher use. The school wanted to be able to get out no matter what the weather so they chose to have plastic used where possible to allow for things to be wiped down and dried – nothing would stop them using their new space, not even the unpredictable and often miserable UK weather!
Our popular water wall and water table combo fitted seamlessly up again the fence to allow for the freedom to roam around the area and still provide a space for water play. Alongside this a new Messy play area with sleeper retention and bark infill was installed with a mud kitchen, mud store, scales, menu chalk board and mushroom table and chairs creating a dedicated space for messy play.
A den making area was also created so that the children could create their own dens as well as education play panels dotted along the picket fence.
- Extensive ground works undertaken to give the school more usable play space.
- Split Level Play Area with retaining brick wall and fencing.
- Extended tarmac playground with thermoplastic markings.
- Outdoor Classroom with Fence Mounted Education Play Panels, HDPE Benches and Dry Wipe Board
- Den Making Area
- Reading Shed with Mark Making Boards, Artificial Grass Surfacing, Book Shelves and Outdoor Bean Bags
- Custom Built Play Ship
- Water Play Area with Interactive Water Wall and Large Table
- Messy Play Area with Mud Kitchen, Mud Store, Mushroom Table & Chairs and Scales
- Bonded Rubber Mulch Surfacing
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.”