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  • Introduction to slides
    Slides form popular elements of many playgrounds and parks. Free-standing slides are commonly seen, but slides can also be incorporated into larger play structures . Embankment slides can be shaped as open troughs or encased in tunnels, whilst extra wide slides encourage children to play side-by-side. The wider slides can also provide easier...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to bound and bonded surfacing
    Bound and bonded surface dressings are used on paths, pavements, driveways and roads to provide anti-skid, slip-resistant, porous or decorative properties. They can also be used for demarcation and repair purposes in pedestrian and light traffic areas. The systems use a mixture of binders (often resin) and gravel or other aggregates. The...
    Guidance, 06 December 2012
  • Introduction to pavilions
    While they draw on a classical architectural heritage, pavilions are more often associated with sociable local golf clubs, bustling scout huts, and ‘the sound of leather on willow on the village green’. That same sense of well-ordered leisure is harnessed by local authorities, schools, heritage organisations, sports clubs, leisure developments and...
    Guidance, 06 December 2012
  • Introduction to seating / planter units
    Combined seat and planter units help to create natural spaces in shopping centres and pedestrianised areas. The units are manufactured in a wide range of materials. A combination of stainless steel, aluminum, and timber provide a contemporary aesthetic. Recycled plastic and all-timber units are well suited to parks and streets....
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to identity signs
    On high streets, in shopping malls, in retail emporia and on commercial enterprise parks, businesses compete fiercely for trade. Distinctive identity signs represent the front-end of designing for attention capture and brand recognition. Monoliths, or totems, are freestanding outdoor identity signs often positioned at the entrance to commercial...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to permeable concrete paving
    Permeable concrete paving is designed to reduce the volume of surface run-off, particularly in urban areas, and hence lower the risk of flooding. By allowing rainwater to infiltrate into the ground across a wide area, rather than forcing into a few specific locations, this type of paving mimics natural drainage systems. It is often specified for...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to arboricultural services
    Arboricultural contractors offer a wide range of services for the care, maintenance and responsible management of trees and forests. Expertise and guidance can be provided on: advice on planning regulations, including tree preservation orders; selecting and sourcing trees and hedges for new planting schemes; the design of planting schemes for...
    Guidance, 20 December 2014
  • Introduction to artificial sports surfaces
    Artificial sports surface contractors design and construct synthetic sports surfaces for local authorities, leisure centres, sports facilities and schools. In addition to offering design and construction services, many contractors also offer maintenance, consultancy and restoration work. Line marking, sub-base construction, inspection and site...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to irrigation equipment
    Irrigation systems assist with landscape and sports field maintenance, as well as crop establishment in agriculture. Systems range from cost-efficient temporary systems to fully automated systems, and include drip, sprinkler and rotary configurations. Drip pipe systems facilitate trickle irrigation, where water slowly drips to the root of the...
    Guidance, 06 December 2012
  • Introduction to external seats and benches
    External seats and benches are used in public spaces, commercial landscapes and other outdoor environments. Park seating ranges from traditional cast iron benches and high-quality crafted wooden seats to robust timber, steel and recycled plastic furniture. Street seating is specified by landscape architects for high-profile urban developments or...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to civic signs
    Civic signs are used to welcome visitors to cities, towns and villages. These boundary or gateway signs have an aesthetic design and typically feature an emblem or coat of arms appropriate to that location. Entrance signs are used to highlight entryways at parks, playgrounds, estates and buildings. Street nameplates are also produced. Signage can...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to street furniture collections
    Street furniture collections allow landscape architects and urban designers to co-ordinate suites of external products in town centres, green spaces or other outdoor public areas. Sets of seats, benches, litter bins, bollards, cycle racks, planters, tree grilles and other exterior fittings are designed and made in matching materials and styles...
    Guidance, 03 April 2015
  • Introduction to automatic rising bollards
    Automatic rising bollards are used to control traffic flow and vehicle access to car parks, buildings and sensitive sites. Operation Retractable bollards are powered using hydraulic or pneumatic units. Manufacture Telescopic bollards are constructed using heavy-duty impact resistant materials. They are typically finished with steel or stainless...
    Guidance, 22 November 2014
  • Introduction to canopy shelters
    Canopy shelters provide shade and outdoor cover for school playgrounds, outdoor classrooms, sheltered play areas, and other leisure and hospitality developments. They come in diverse materials, designs and attractive shapes. Tensile fabric canopies have distinctive curved, arched, domed, conical or gull-wing configurations. They help to create...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to pedestrian guardrails
    Pedestrian guardrails provide traffic safety and demarcation at designated crossing points, busy road junctions and particularly vulnerable locations, such as schools and playgrounds. Panels have vertical bar railings, laid out in such a way as to provide through-visibility and ensure that drivers have a good view of pedestrians in high-risk...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012