Alconbury Weald, Britain's largest housing development with almost 7000 homes, is a new community built on an old Cold War RAF base in Cambridgeshire and has a perimeter of 18km. The scheme cost £1.5 billion and is hailed as an urban extension because it is larger than a garden village but smaller than a new town. It includes a government-backed enterprise zone, two primary schools, a secondary school, health centre, 700 acres of green space and a cricket pitch.
Bradley Murphy Design designed a series of natural playscapes and playgrounds that have had a higher quality aspirational feel, in line with the high specification of the housing and landscaping across the development. This highlights how important it is to design using high-quality sustainable materials and unique playground products as it helps to continue the vision of a development.
All of the playspaces feature timber multiplay equipment from Jupiter Play's FHS range, which offers the highest quality robinia timbers on the market. Furthermore, these robust products will require minimal maintenance works and will withstand unwanted behaviour.
The playground caters for children of all ages and encourages individuals to play with one another regardless of their stage of development.
In addition, the sand allows parents to explore with their toddlers without obstructing the children on the structure.
The design offers the community a space for meeting, socialising and informal activity play, while the free space around also has an endless amount of uses, creating the ultimate community hub for all locals to make use of together.
“Quality green spaces can add real value to housing developments, a survey has shown it can augment prices by up to 20%. This is why we choose Jupiter Play’s equipment, as we know the quality wont fail and we never have to compromise on excellence in design”.
– David Browne, Landscape Architect at Bradley Murphy Design