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Playground Equipment

Outdoor Fun for All Ages

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Imagine the excitement of transforming an outdoor space into a magical playground that caters to children of all ages and abilities. The key to creating such a space lies in choosing the right playground equipment.

On this page we'll guide you through the process of selecting the perfect play equipment, designing a playground that fosters creativity, and ensuring the safety and quality of your play space.

  • What are thermoplastic playground markings?
    It's a special type of plastic which is both durable and has an anti-slip grit within it. From these sheets of material, we create designs that we use to make playgrounds more fun and engaging. These markings are durable, vibrant, and safe for children. The thermoplastic can be used to create games, learning aids, or just fun patterns on the playground surface. With 27 colours available, the limit is just the imagination.
  • What are the benefits of playground markings?
    Choosing the right playground markings can make playtime more fun and active, help with learning, and make it easier for everyone to get along. Plus, they're created in a way that everyone, no matter their hobbies or skills, can enjoy and participate in. This aids in creating an environment in which physical activity levels are increased, learning occurs through fun engagement and promotes inclusive play.
  • How do you install thermoplastic playground markings?
    The first step is to sketch out the design with chalk on the tarmac. We then apply a liquid primer to the playground surface which seals it and ensures a long life for the thermoplastic markings. Once the primer is dry, about 20 mins, we then position the thermoplastic markings onto the sketched area. Using a special heating tool we make them hot until they've 'melted'. Once cool they will have firmly attached to the tarmac and won't move for a very long time!
  • How long do thermoplastic playground markings last?
    The short answer would be that they can last up to 10 times as long as paint (so about 10 years). However, the longer and arguably more accurate answer would be that it depends on a number of factors. What condition the playground surface was in when they were applied, how they're treated / the amount of footfall on them, what environmental conditions they're exposed to. As a guideline though we would expect thermoplastic markings to last 7 - 8 years when installed onto a good surface.
  • How do you remove playground markings?
    Some companies burn them off. We don't do this as we believe the noise, the fumes, and the mess it leaves behind are not worth it. This leaves a couple of options. UHP (ultra high pressure) water jet blasting will remove them, but the pressure is so high that it can remove some of the tarmac as well. Which then leaves the best possible way to remove them and that's UHP sand jet blasting. The sand acts as an abrasive and helps remove the markings at much lower pressures. As a result the markings can be removed with the least risk of damage to the playground. UHP sand jet blasting takes more time than UHP water jet blasting, but the minimise intrusion into the surface of the playground is very much worth it.
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Choosing the Right Playground Equipment

Playgrounds offer a world of fun, adventure, and learning for children. Choosing the right play equipment is essential to create an engaging and stimulating environment for all ages. From thrilling slides to challenging climbing frames, the possibilities are endless when it comes to designing the perfect play area. As you explore the extensive range of outdoor playground equipment available, consider the needs of the children who will be using it and the space you have to work with.

An essential aspect of playground design is ensuring that the equipment installed is suitable for the age group it serves. For example, primary schools require play equipment that is both exciting and educational, promoting physical activity, social interaction, and cognitive development for young learners. By selecting age-appropriate equipment and incorporating a mix of activities, you can create a playground that is fun, safe, and beneficial for all.

Outdoor Play Equipment

 

 

Outdoor play equipment is an essential component of any playground, providing endless fun and adventure for children.

 

Trim trails, clamber stacks, traverse walls, spring riders, mud kitchens, and sensory panels are just a few examples of extensive range of exciting outdoor play equipment available.

These play features not only offer enjoyment, but also promote physical activity, social interaction, and cognitive development.

 

When selecting outdoor playground equipment, consider the age and size of the children who will be using it, the space available, and the safety features of the equipment.

 

With the right combination of outdoor play equipment, you can create a play space that encourages children to explore, learn, and grow.

Wooden Playground Equipment

 

 

Wooden playground equipment offers a natural, durable and attractive alternative to traditional metal or plastic options.

 

Traverse walls, clamber stacks, trim trails, and other imaginative structures made from wood are not only visually appealing but also provide a strong and secure play environment.

When choosing wooden playground equipment, it's important to ensure that the wood is treated and sealed properly to protect against rot and decay, and to check for potential splinters or sharp edges.

 

With proper care and maintenance, wooden playground equipment can offer years of enjoyment for children.

School Playground Equipment

 

 

School playground equipment plays a vital role in the development of primary school children.

 

From sport-friendly and durable playground surfaces to multi-use games areas, schools can provide a range of exciting and engaging play and learning opportunities for their students.

 

Playground equipment developed and designed specifically for early years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, such as ESP Play's 'Multi-Skills and Movement' development concept, has been successfully used to support and develop PE provision in thousands of schools throughout the UK.

By selecting the right school playground equipment, you can create a fun and stimulating environment that promotes wellbeing and enhances outdoor provision for young learners.

The Components of a Great Playground

A great playground should be more than just a collection of outdoor playground equipment. To create a truly engaging and enjoyable space for children, it's important to consider the various components that make up a successful playground. From active, play areas and zones that encourage physical activity to climbing walls that challenge children's abilities, each element contributes to the overall experience and ensures that the playground caters to a diverse range of interests and needs.

In addition to play equipment, consider incorporating natural elements such as sand, dirt, water, trees, bushes, and mudholes into your playground design. These elements can help to make play parks create a more immersive and stimulating environment, allowing children to connect with nature and explore their surroundings in a hands-on way.

Furthermore, don't forget to provide ample shelter, seating, and shade for children and their caregivers to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all.

Active Play Zones

Active play zones are designated areas within a playground where children can engage in high-energy, physical activities such as running, jumping, and playing games. These self-directed, unplanned zones encourage children to explore new activities, challenge their own abilities, and have fun while staying active.

In addition to promoting physical fitness and motor skill development, active play zones can also help children build social skills, as they often involve unstructured interaction with their peers in a safe and enjoyable environment.

To create an effective active play zone, consider the size of the area, the variety of activities available, and the safety of the equipment and surroundings.

Climbing Walls

Climbing walls are an exciting addition to any playground, offering children the opportunity to explore their physical capabilities in a fun and rewarding way. Available in various materials and levels of difficulty, climbing walls cater to a wide range of ages and abilities.

When installing a climbing wall, it's important to ensure that the wall is firmly attached to the ground and that the holds are securely fastened. Regular inspection and maintenance of the climbing wall will guarantee that it remains safe and enjoyable for children to use.

Clamber Stacks & Trim Trails

Clamber stacks and trim trails are innovative structures that allow children to explore and develop their motor skills through climbing, balancing, and traversing. These exciting features often incorporate logs, ropes, ladders, and other elements to create engaging obstacle courses that challenge and entertain.

When selecting clamber stacks and trim trails for your playground and play spaces, it's important to ensure that the equipment is securely installed and maintained, and that the area is supervised by an adult. By providing these unique play opportunities, you can create a stimulating and enjoyable environment for children to develop their physical abilities.

Nursery Outdoor Equipment

Young children in nursery settings benefit greatly from access to age-appropriate outdoor playground equipment. Nursery outdoor equipment, such as climbing frames, gazebos, and hill climbers, is designed to provide fun and stimulating activities that cater to the unique needs of young children.

When selecting nursery outdoor equipment, prioritize safety features such as non-slip surfaces, shock-absorbing materials, and secure anchoring, as well as ensuring that the equipment meets the relevant safety standards. By providing engaging and safe play opportunities for young children, you can help them develop essential motor skills and foster a love for outdoor play.

Inclusive Playground Equipment

Inclusive playground equipment is designed to ensure that children of all abilities have equal opportunities to engage in play, regardless of their disabilities or special needs. Wheelchair-accessible swings, adaptive seesaws, sensory play panels, and accessible slides are just a few examples of the full range of inclusive outdoor playground equipment available.

When designing a playground, it's essential to consider the needs of all children and incorporate equipment that encourages physical, sensory, and social growth for everyone. By prioritizing inclusivity in your playground design, you can create a welcoming and enjoyable space for all children to play together.

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Customising Your

Playground Design

 

Every playground is unique, and customising your playground design allows you to create a space that truly reflects the needs and preferences of your community. From selecting the perfect combination of playground equipment and colors to creating themed school playgrounds that inspire imaginative play, the possibilities are endless when it comes to personalising your play space.

One key aspect of customising your playground design is seamlessly integrating playground equipment into its surroundings. By incorporating natural elements and carefully considering the existing landscape, you can create a harmonious blend that enhances the overall aesthetic and functionality of the space.

Additionally, themed school playgrounds can be a fun and creative way to engage children and foster a sense of community. Select equipment and colors that align with the theme, and incorporate elements such as sculptures, murals, and other decorations to create a truly immersive experience.

Integrating Playground Equipment into Surroundings

 

To successfully integrate playground equipment into its surroundings, consider the existing landscape and the size of the new playground.

 

By working with landscape architects and incorporating natural elements such as boulders, tree trunks, and mounds into the design of new playground, you can create a more immersive and stimulating environment for children to play in.

 

Blending play equipment with the natural surroundings not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the two playgrounds, but also fosters a sense of connection with the environment that encourages children to explore and learn.

Themed School Playgrounds

 

 

Themed playgrounds offer an exciting and memorable experience for children, centered around a particular idea or theme such as nature, space, or animals.

 

Creating a themed playground encourages creativity and imaginative play, while also providing a unique and enjoyable experience for children that sets it apart from other play areas.

 

To design a successful themed playground, consider the age range of the children who will be using the space, the size of the playground, and the budget for the project.

 

By carefully selecting equipment, colors, and decorative elements that align with the theme, you can create a captivating play space that children will love to explore.

Budget Considerations

When customising your playground design, it's important to keep budget considerations in mind.

The cost of outdoor playground equipment, installation, and maintenance can quickly add up, so it's essential to plan accordingly and ensure that you're making the most of your available funds.

We provide a transparent quote clearly detailing all relevant costs for your play spaces.

By prioritising safety, age-appropriateness, and a variety of exciting equipment, you can create a playground that offers your customers great value for money and provides a lasting source of enjoyment for your community.

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Ensuring Safety and Quality Standards

Safety and quality are of paramount importance when designing and constructing a playground. By adhering to established safety and quality standards, you can ensure that your playground equipment is not only enjoyable, but also provides a safe and secure environment for children to play in. From UK-made products that boast superior quality to safety certifications and guarantees that offer peace of mind, it's essential to make safety and quality a top priority in your playground project.

Following regulations and guidelines such as the Occupier's Liability Act and the British Standard BS EN 1176 can help ensure the safety and quality of your school playground equipment and surfacing. By adhering to these standards, you can minimise the risk of accidents and injuries, and provide a safe and enjoyable play space for children of all ages.

UK-Made Products

Choosing UK-made products for your school playground is a smart choice, as they are crafted to meet the highest safety standards and are designed to stand the test of time. Our prodProducts made in the UK boast superior quality, fast lead times, full service and the ability to tailor products to meet individual needs.

Additionally manufactured, UK-made products are often more eco-friendly than imported or manufactured alternatives, helping to reduce your playground's environmental impact while ensuring the safety and enjoyment of the children who use it.

Safety Certifications and Guarantees

Safety certifications and manufacturer guarantees offer reassurance that your playground equipment meets the highest safety requirements and standards. These certifications and guarantees are awarded to equipment that has been independently assessed and tested, ensuring that it is safe and secure for use.

When selecting playground equipment, look for safety certifications such as BS EN 1176 and BS EN 1177, which are European standards for playground safety. By choosing equipment that meets these standards, you can have peace of mind that your playground is safe and of the highest quality.

BS EN 1176 and BS EN 1177

BS EN 1176 and BS EN 1177 are European safety standards that ensure the safety of playground equipment and impact-absorbing playground surfacing. These standards provide a rigorous framework for the design, construction, manufacturing, supply, installation, and maintenance of school playground equipment, helping to minimise the risk of accidents and injuries.

By ensuring your choices conform to BS EN 1176 and BS EN 1177, you can ensure that your school playground equipment is safe, reliable, and enjoyable for children of all ages.

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Getting Started with Your Playground Project

With a clear understanding of the various factors that contribute to a successful playground, you're now ready to embark on your own playground project. From selecting and manufacturing the perfect school playground equipment to personalising your playground design and ensuring safety and quality standards, creating a playground is an exciting and rewarding process that will provide lasting enjoyment for your community.

To get started, take advantage of free consultations with our team of experienced playground designers who can help guide you through the process and offer expert advice on the best equipment and design options for your space. Additionally, we provide installation and maintenance services, ensuring that your playground remains safe and enjoyable for years to come.

With our support and guidance, you'll soon be on your way to creating a playground that brings joy, adventure, play, and learning to children of all ages.

Free Consultations

Free consultations provide an excellent opportunity to discuss your playground project with a professional and receive helpful advice or information at no cost. These consultations can help you become familiar with the professional's approach and determine if they're the right fit for your project.

Additionally, free consultations can help foster trust between you and the professional, ensuring a smooth and collaborative working relationship as you create your perfect playground.

Installation and Maintenance

Proper installation and ongoing maintenance are crucial to ensuring the safety and functionality of your playground equipment. By choosing a team of professionals to install and maintain your school playground equipment, you can guarantee that it will remain in top condition and provide a safe and enjoyable environment for children to play in.

Regular inspections and prompt repairs are essential to keeping your playground in good working order and preventing accidents and injuries. By investing in professional installation and maintenance services, you can ensure the longevity of your playground and the safety of the children who use it.

Summary

Creating a playground that caters to all ages and abilities is a rewarding and exciting endeavor. By choosing the right range of playground and equipment, designing a space that fosters creativity and social interaction, and ensuring safety and quality standards, you can create a play area that truly enriches the lives of children and their families. Whether you're creating a playground for a school, park, or community center, the tips and guidance provided in this blog post will help you on your journey to creating the perfect play space for all to enjoy.

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What equipment is in a children's playground?

A children's playground typically consists of a variety of different pieces of equipment. Trim trails, clamber stacks, traverse walls, playground markings, tube slides and mud mitchens are all common in most school playgrounds. All of these pieces of equipment come in various sizes, styles, and themes to ensure that the playground meets the needs of every child.

They also help to improve coordination, strength, critical thinking, and provide a fun and safe environment for children to enjoy.

What is the most popular playground equipment?

Traverse walls, clamber stacks and trim trails have surged in popularity in the world of playground equipment.

Trim Trails

Firstly, trim trails, also known as fitness trails or obstacle courses, offer a multi-faceted playground experience in any children's playground. With a variety of equipment such as balance beams, climbing nets, tunnels, and more, these trails challenge children physically and mentally.

Benefits of trim trails

They offer an engaging way for kids to develop their motor skills, agility, and coordination, promoting an active lifestyle from a young age. Moreover, the versatility of trim trails makes them an excellent choice for any new playground, fitting into diverse landscapes and other play areas in parks, and catering to a wide range of age groups and abilities. There are a wide range of playground trim trail options, so customising your trail to make it a unique play area is easily done.

Traverse Walls

On the other hand, traverse walls, which are a form of climbing wall where the challenge is to move sideways rather than upwards, have been a game-changer in the playground sphere. They provide a safe yet exciting challenge that stretches children's physical limits and problem-solving skills.

Benefits of traverse walls

These pieces of equipment are particularly popular in primary schools, where educators are increasingly understanding the importance of physical activity in children's development. Not only do trim trails and traverse walls add an element of excitement to break times, but they also contribute to the curriculum, helping to deliver physical education in a fun and engaging way.

Clamber stacks

Clamber stacks, much like trim trails and traverse walls, have rapidly gained popularity in the realm of school playground equipment. Their innovative design combines the excitement of natural play with the safety of modern materials, making them an appealing choice for any new playground.

Clamber stack features

Climbing nets, drop ropes, climbing walls, hidden towers and balancing areas, the clamber stacks encourage children to scramble, climb, and traverse their way to better physical health and improved motor skills.

These playground structures are not only an exciting addition to break times, but also serve as valuable physical education tools, integrating fun and learning seamlessly. Their multi-tiered design provides a variety of challenges, ensuring all age groups and abilities can engage in active play.

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