Ellergreen Childcare Centre
Date: March, 2010
Ellergreen Childrens Centre is a relatively new children’s centre in Liverpool, but with the vast majority of the budget going into the building there had been little focus on the outdoor provisions. There was a large area of grass and tarmac but little else. The centre had working with us before on different areas so a good relationship had already been established. Working alongside each other a design was created that would maximise the potential of the space and give the children an exciting space to play in.
At the front of the school building was a big semi circle of black wet pour. The first task was to install a mini climbing unit in this space and add splashes of colour with footprints surrounding the play unit. The footprints led to a sensory area by which the user navigates via a textured pathway. A log circular planter with HDPE pergola and chimes created a “wishing-well” like feature which the path split, leading to other areas of the playground.
In one direction the pathway led to a tarmac pathway with road track line markings and humps for trikes to rumble down, whilst in the other direction an Alpine Log Cabin provided a den area. Musical Chimes and Crash provided tuneful features, with digging and bark areas being placed along the back of the fencing. This security fencing had willow screening fixed to it to provide a more decorate and attractive backdrop. A Cafe and Petrol Pump play panels went alongside the roadway to encourage role play.
To the side of the school building a new timber canopy with roller shutters and decked base was installed, with large PET windows allowing light in to the area. Artificial grass was used in certain areas, meaning the areas could be used all year round.
As with the majority of schools we work with, Ellergreen have since come back to Playsound for help in other areas of the Centre and have taken out one of our Maintenance Packages to help in the upkeep of the equipment.
Date : 05 Sep 2015