Job done - Revamp of school playground

Despite being in the heart of the Peak District, Leek County First School had just a small piece of grass by a large, hard play area. But now children in Leek, Staffordshire, are to benefit from the transformation of a tired, old play area into a new playscape.

Playground: transformed into an area for outdoor teaching and adventure play. Credit: Hand Made Places
Playground: transformed into an area for outdoor teaching and adventure play. Credit: Hand Made Places
The playground was landscaped following a design created by play equipment manufacturer Hand Made Places. The site includes a fitness trail, an octagonal seating maze with a story teller's chair and a canopied outdoor classroom.

The timber play equipment was manufactured at Hand Made Places' plant in Hampshire and the surface was prepared by Timber Structures.

Leek County First School's head teacher Kevin Allbutt said he was thrilled with the new play area.

He added: "There are few opportunities for adventurous play these days and many children have very little opportunity away from the home to play.

"Adventure play supports so fundamentally the healthy schools programme which we advocate, and this new playscape promotes that."

Allbutt's vision is to provide a facility for any children's group within the school's catchment area.

Project details 

Client: Leek County First School, Staffordshire

Contractor: Hand Made Places and Timber Structures

Cost: £70,000


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