Job Done - New playground in Wiltshire town

Project: Upgrading a play area
Client: Wootton Bassett Town Council
Contractor: Monster Play
Cost: £100,000

A new play area installed in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, has improved facilities for the town's children and set some local students on the path to their future careers.

The play kit, installed by Watford-based contractor Monster Play, was part of designs planned by sixth-formers from Wootton Bassett School.

Wootton Bassett Town Council decided to actively involve the young people in the revamp of the play area at Otter Way Park. Town clerk Johnathan Bourne said: "The council felt that for the play area to be a success, the design had to have input from the children who would use it, so we contacted the local schools and asked the young people to choose which design they felt would be the most suitable.

"We were absolutely knocked out by the enthusiasm they showed from the start."

The students conducted a site visit, obtained brochures from manufacturers and surveyed children at school to see which of the designs they preferred and what improvements they felt it needed.

Monster Play then worked closely with the students to formulate a draft plan. Two of the sixth-formers involved have applied to university to study design. A team of three installed the equipment.

Operations manager Neil Roberts said: "The involvement of young people in the project from start to finish has not only brought a positive educational experience to those involved, but they have taken ownership and are proud of their play equipment."

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