With this in mind, we prepared a brief and initial sketch design that was presented to the school in the form of 3D models and fly through movies.
The school were extremely excited by the proposals and work started on the playground a few weeks later. We carefully fenced off the areas of construction during the works so that the school could maintain access across the site safely and operate normally at all times. The majority of the works, except for the demolitions, were undertaken during term time as it was felt that it was important that the children could see the work in progress and understand what is involved in building things. The children were able to watch the progress from the safety of their classrooms and from behind transparent fencing. Bartholomew landscaping employees were introduced to the pupils and talked to them about the project.
Throughout the playground, we introduced paving in brick, cobbles, natural stone, coloured safety surfacing and resin bound gravel in contrasting colours. The different textures provide immediate interest. Paths were laid to meander throughout the playground linking the various spaces and so encourage flowing movement and imaginative play. Using these techniques to define key areas we were able to create a range of spaces for both active play and quieter areas for social interaction and study.