Burbage Avenue

Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Project Brief
Stratford upon Avon District Council supported by the local community requested through a tender process, that the old play equipment and surfacing to be removed and sought to create an uplifting and stimulating community space transforming this unstimulating area. Key elements that would ensure the success of the area where;

  • Choice of products and colour should attract children and provide for a wide range of creative and social play opportunities
  • Offer inclusivity
  • Segregation without barriers
  • Consider local residents who's properties overlook the park
  • Offer activity to all the community
  • Be 'in keeping' with the existing environment


The Council undertook a pre tender consultation exercise with children to seek their preferred choice of play provision.

Choice of products and colour should attract children and provide for a wide range of creative and social play opportunities
The brief required the play space to be zoned by age range providing an area for infants and younger children that should be bright and playful with a central multi play feature. In addition, more dynamic play for older age ranges and an area for agility and fitness to extend the play space into a more nature open space of the site.

Offer inclusivity
KOMPAN  zoned the play space to provide a very attractive array of play items for infants through to young children,  the main element in this area is large centre piece `Palace and Fortress' multi play unit within a single Rubber Mulch surfaced area. The use of one continuous surface providing for both ease of access for users and ease of future maintenance for the Council. The play items have been selected for their play value ensuring a variety of choice to encourage cognitive, physical and social play with plenty of tactile features that are also accessible at ground level.

The addition of a picnic table in this area for parents/grandparents also provides for more convenient and comfortable supervision of young children.


Segregation without barriers
Progressively towards the southern areas of the play space KOMPAN proposed more dynamic play items for the older age ranges that encourage social interaction and challenge including our Multi Seesaw (with inclusive back support and large central deck), Super Nova (every ones favourite roundabout!), Swings with basket, flat and inclusive seat and Robinia Fitness Agility Trail items.

All offering progressive play opportunities, whilst keeping this local play area open and accessible. 


Consider local residents whose properties overlook the park
One of the key aspects from the consultation feedback was to ensure that the quality of life for local residents is not negatively affected by the location of the new play elements. In particular, the use of high play tower structures; thus preventing the invasion of privacy to the residential properties and minimising noise pollution. Therefore mindful of ensuring we do not introduce too many play elements that would have a detrimental effect on their quality of life we have focused upon providing quality products with higher play value and under 2.6m in height.


Offer activity to all the community
A fitness trail is included to provide benefit to our proposals, preferred to a high tower multi-play unit, to provide the junior age ranges with the physical stimulation required to promote healthy and active pursuits; (ref. SDC Active Communities Strategy 2013-2018). 


Be 'in keeping' with the existing environment
To provide an improved aesthetic and natural appeal KOMPAN featured the Robinia or hardwood Agility Trail items.

  • The Trail items proposed are individual components designed in a format to encourage competition
  • Are interlinked with stepping pods and balance posts
  • Allow flexibility to adjust the distances of the items to cater for different stride patterns for the different age ranges and vary the degree of challenge
  • This flexibility also helps to create a linear footprint
  • Ensure items are away from the residential properties
  • Allow continued unhindered use of the existing mini goal post 

     

Testimonial
"Our main aims were to have a design that was inspired by the wider community and included lots of play value, group play and elements that could be accessed by all including special needs.

We undertook a major survey of all residents and children from a local brownie group and this created our final design.

We approached KOMPAN who came up with an outstanding design that met all of our criteria. They were also very helpful in providing drawings often at short notice to present to residents for consultation..

From when the order was placed to completion the communication was excellent. What was once an uninteresting play space has been turned into a vibrant community-meeting place. KOMPAN has helped us to achieve this. I would not hesitate to recommend them"

Ann Hill, Leisure Officer, Technical Services Department, Stratford-on-Avon DC

 

Summary

Installed: February 2017

Age Range: Up to 12 years old

Product Range: MOMENTS, Story Maker, Galaxy, Robinia

Surfacing: Rubber Mulch and Grass Mat

Project Value: £70,000