Knowing where to start when designing your new playground is tough. And making sure you have consulted with all of the key stakeholders in your project can a be challenge! To support you through this process we have created a Guide to School Playgrounds; to help you through the initial stages and get the project up and running.
Based on our experience of working with schools for over 30 years, we know that consultation is the key to success. So, make sure you discuss ideas for your new playground with as many stakeholders as you can, especially the children! Gaining and incorporating all the input and suggestions, it will ensure their new playground is a resounding success!
Start planning ahead and have a timescale in mind of when you would ideally like your new playground to be ready for action. Think about the access routes for vehicles to your playground and the potential for your installation to be carried out during term time, rather than having to wait for a school holiday.
Location. Location. Location. Whether you’re planning a complete playground transformation or are just looking to add some new play/learning resources, figuring out the best location that will work can be daunting. A good starting point is to be aware of the utilities underneath the surface and surrounding the playground. Obtaining a service plan and establishing the depths of services in the new proposed play area minimises the risk of unforeseen surprises popping up during installation.
Funding your project. Before you go too much further, make sure you have a firm idea of what the total budget for the project is, or what grants you are going to apply for. (See our funding page for some handy tips). Once this has been established, we will have a clear understanding what can be achieved within the given timeframe. Knowing your budget and how much money that can be raised will also help you decide whether the playground transformation is viable in one go, or may need to be phased into smaller projects, to be completed over several stages
Call in the experts. We would love to discuss your project in detail and help you achieve your new playground for your children. Contact us to arrange your FREE playground consultation with a member of our expert team.