Award-winning Playscape project to open in Chessington

A series of doodlings on the back of a beer mat have been transformed into an innovative playground that will open this week.

The first Groundwork Playscape project will open in Chessington this weekend - photo: Groundwork
The first Groundwork Playscape project will open in Chessington this weekend - photo: Groundwork

The first Groundwork Playscape project, aimed at injecting excitement into play, will open in Chessington on Saturday (11 October).

Groundwork principal landscape architect Adam White first formulated the idea for a textured, varied space featuring natural elements, during a night in the pub.

Since then, the Groundwork playscape appeared as a show garden at last year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, where it picked up a gold medal and the BBC People’s Choice award.

Groundwork has also received a Landscape Institute Award for the Playscape design, which includes a skate bowl, grassy mounds, timber decking, trees, water, bridges and boulders.

Adam White said he hoped the Playscape concept would be rolled out across other areas of the UK.

“The Playscape approach illustrates how the entire landscape can offer play value rather than simply relying on springy chickens, rubber impact surfacing and bow top fencing,” said Adam White.

“The use of tunnels, boulders, trees and grassy mounds combined with popular play equipment like swings and slides creates a playful landscape offering a bagful of exciting challenges.”  

The design team developed 3D CAD visualisations to help plan the stages of construction and also show how the project would look once completed.

Working on the project were Groundwork’s CAD engineer Rahul Shah, development officer Andy Boscoe, senior community officer Fran Davies, landscape architect Andrée Davies, and principal landscape architect Adam White.

A second Playscape scheme is set to open in Ealing in January.


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