Urmston Infant School

Leveraging existing space and equipment footprints proved cost-effective, showcasing the success of our innovative and creative design approach.


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About the Project

We have worked with Urmston Primary School on a number of small redevelopment projects throughout the playground’s. Often using existing equipment footprints to help save on surfacing costs which can be a considerable chunk of a project budget.

One of the first challenges had to creatively solve was an exposed railing and ramp to the school kitchen. The children were using this to sit on which was proving a bit of a safety issue. We therefore created a traverse wall for the children to clamber around. It solved the problem of the fence, and also added some addition physical play equipment to the area. In the same playground we also added in a stage with planters and customised sign to foster creativity and performance.

An existing play structure had succumb to years of heavy use and therefore needed replacing, we set about using the same footprint to create a bespoke unit which incorporated a range of physical activity, role and imaginative play like. The unit uses a mixture of timber and HDPE plastic and consist of three varying height platforms, two of which have a clatter bridge in between. A rock ramp ladder and fireman’s pole add some physical challenge and then a range of themed play panels below the decks cater for imaginative play.

The most recent project was to develop and install a play ship with various trail like elements to help with children’s physical development. We love a ship theme as it allows us to get creative with how we include physical play elements whilst also helping with imaginative and role play. The two different platforms have a bridge joining the two and various access and egress routes off the unit including a vertical scramble net, rock ramp, log ramp, parallel ropes and traverse wall.

  • Sunburst Climbing Structure
  • Timber Stage
  • Timber Traverse Wall
  • EYFS Play Ship

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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