Energising the local community
BAM Construction were contracted to build the new Linwood Sport Centre and required a playground manufacturer to deliver a robust metal equipment play area. Following consultation with a local community group of parents of children with varying degrees of disabilities it was decided that the playground was to be inclusive and cater for children of all ages able to withstand high volume use. Looking to create a play area with a “Wow” factor the design needed to induce imaginative play, offering the widest possible range of play experiences and further enhance the spectacular design of the main building. The winning playground design was chosen following the community group’s preference for KOMPAN’s inclusive design presentation.
Project: Linwood Sports Centre
Location: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Client: BAM Construction - Contractor
Project Value: £120,000
Installed: March 2013
Age Range: 1 + years old
Product Range: Corocord/Galaxy/Moments/Element
Utilising the maximum available space, approximately 600m2, KOMPAN produced a unique and distinctive play space design which offers challenge, excitement and fun for children of all ages and abilities who can play together in a non-segregated environment. Our carefully selected DDA accessible equipment, such as our Home seesaw with flat platform, nest swing and other low level units were welcomed by both the children and the parent community group.
Equipment for the younger ages is located conveniently, the closest to the building. This space is bright and fun and signals to young children, come & play! The theme is Home and rescue with learning and physical challenges for both girls and boys. We introduced a low level, wheelchair accessible rubber wetpour mound, which not only enhances the play value with its wide accessible slide and steeping logs it also creates an enclosure for young children separating the moving swings in this compact site.
Dominating the site is the Space Net, over 5m tall it sits perfectly against the building. With scale and presence it is also transparent, with no panels to obscure the view. Around this area we have dynamic equipment for the older children to burn some energy with an array of different activities. Pulling it all together is our unique wetpour design which enhances the play value of the area. Follow the road or splash into the river or simply make up your own games in the colourful space. Also within the design are seats and bins together with a bowtop fence and pedestrian gates.
Renfrewshire, Linwood PA3 3RA, Scotland