The playground within the village of Wingrave, Aylesbury needed a full refurbishment – the area had an old bark pit with a range of timber play equipment that was approaching 20 years old. The playground looked tired and worn, had a swing frame with no swing seats and lacked the offering of play to children of all ages and abilities.

We conducted an on-site consultation with one of the councillors, to discuss how we could maximise the space available. The brief was very broad, with the only necessity being to incorporate classic elements of play but to have a modern twist. The product range itself required guidance and advice on how to make the most of the area catering for a wide age group and keeping the aesthetics in-line with the rural setting.

The play area is located opposite a beautiful Church within the village meaning the design of the space needed to compliment the surroundings. It was also adjacent to a large field which is used for many sports events including football matches, bowls and croquet so we were informed the play area is heavily used and needed to be robust and low maintenance.

Working with a budget of £70,000, the council confirmed they would like to remove everything and start with a blank canvas. We liaised very closely with the council throughout the design concept stages to ensure we met their requirements and met with councillors to show the final designs and confirmed they were happy with the final proposal.

The space was transformed from having one swing set, spinner, climbing frame, slide and catering for a very small group to a having a large three tower Jigsaw play system packed with a multitude of play features including two slides, five swings, two springers, a spinner, roundabout, seesaw and the addition of a Tractor to integrate the rural setting.

A variety of different surfaces were laid in several colours to further enhance the space and ensure the area met all BSEN1176/1177 safety standards.

The final project came in under budget and the council and community are extremely pleased with the completed project that provides play for all ages and abilities and promotes physical development and an active lifestyle.

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