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Swindon Academy

THE BRIEF

The Head Teacher approached us with lots of ideas after visiting another school Creative Play had worked with. Swindon Academy were looking to develop their outdoor play areas for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Across all areas we recommended products which encouraged physical play, allowing children to explore and develop fundamental movement skills. As the focus was also on creating outdoor learning spaces, we suggested products from our Octavia range which opens up the class to the outdoor world. The staff also liked the idea of having surfacing underneath the equipment, using colour to create separate play zones and add to the overall aesthetics of the playground.

THE DESIGN

Within the brief Swindon Academy had outlined the desire for products which encouraged physical play to be part of the new playground design. For each area we opted for tower systems which would provide each child with a fun but challenging environment to play. In addition we added in some of our trim trail equipment, providing fun and fitness for all levels of physical ability, perfect as part of a curriculum based lesson or activity. To allow learning to take place outside we opted for an Octavia half shelter which provides seating for up to 21 children. We also added in one of our Story Telling Chairs with mushroom seats, which are perfect for outdoor story time. We used the Wetpour safety surfacing across all areas to create separate play zones. It was also decided to incorporate a roadway design, featuring a roundabout, traffic lights and zebra crossings to teach the child the importance of road safety whilst having fun.

THE INSTALLATION

Planning and preparation were paramount on this project due to the various playground areas at Swindon Academy. The skill of our installers and the quality of the materials used has produced three fantastic play areas for all age groups; targeting both active and imaginative play.
It was a pleasure to be involved with such an impressive project and it’s a testament to our installers.

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