Success Stories

Kircubbin Integrated Primary School 2014

Kircubbin Intergrated Primary School was developed in two parts, first to be installed were large pieces of physical play items such as a large pyramid climbing net, trim trail, super rope end swinger and a vine climber.

The next phase was to design and install an eco garden were children could learn about the environment and nature, this included a toadstool story-telling area, a musical area with musical panels, a weather station, a wigwam, planters and other seating and tactile items.

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Marine Gardens Play Area, Carrickfergus 2013

Carrickfergus Borough Council wanted to create a state of the art play park as part of a £1.3 million redevelopment of the gardens along the Carrickfergus coastal route. The proposed park was to have clear areas for toddlers, juniors and seniors in order to provide play opportunities for a wide range of ages and abilities.

Focusing on the marine theme at the design stage, a large Lappset ship was chosen to be the focal point of the play park, being re-designed to be accessible wheelchairs can access the top deck of the ship via the gangway. This impressive centre piece reaches a height of over 30 feet and which can be found in the senior nautical adventure area. The galleon called 'Result' is named after the very last ship to have been built in Carrickfergus in 1893.

The senior area also includes a large rope swinger, spinning cone climber and a large bird's nest rope climbing unit. The junior area includes a smaller boat unit, climbing units, seesaws and swings and the toddler area includes a mini-castle slide unit, underground tunnel and a mini basket swing among many other things. There is also a zip line, an inclusive trim trail and small stage and seating area to encourage role play and provide a community gathering area.

The wetpour safety surfacing also has a play element with nautical shapes, animals and a treasure hunt incorporated to further increase the play value of the park. Features such as these help to enhance the playscape and support a strong theme throughout, ensuring the children who use the park will have a truly memorable and enjoyable experience.

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Rathdowney Play Area, Co. Laois 2012

Rathdowney Community Committee wanted to create a landmark playarea to serve the large rural community including the nearby school. The proposed design was to clearly reflect the location in rural Ireland and offer a wide variety of play for users of all age ranges and abilities. As well as sensory and physical play the proposal was to also feature a natural play element, including conservations/horticultural element.

Large-scale structures were used to create a striking playscape which acts as a focal point for the whole community. The large flagship play area provides all types of play ranging from sensory to role play and more intense physical challenge. The main area is made up of large mounds, each housing castle/fort type structures for both junior and senior play. Physical activity is encouraged through the Trim Trail, climbing frames and the Cable Coaster Zip Line.

A specific area is zoned for younger children where they can explore in a safer environment, away from the boisterous play of older children. The horticulture and conservation zone includes a wildflower area with seating and picnic areas alongside a bird table and ladybird house.

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