Sector Public realm
Services provided Site survey
Planning advice
Design
Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Project management
Installation
Year completed 2018
Client Tendering District Council
 
 

Context

A unique opportunity arose for Tendering District Council to access a large sum of capital funding, which they were required to match, to create a much needed inclusive play area at Bath House Meadows, Walton-on-the-Naze, which features the second longest pier in the UK.

The project's sole focus was on making it an inclusive destination playground. It needed to provide children with SEND every opportunity to engage in a range of activities that wouldn't be found in a regular playground.

Work undertaken

Jupiter Play created initial concepts based around the pier theme and beach hut colours, particularly using the colours from the local changing places facilities.

However, before a final design, consultation was undertaken with local parent and carer groups of children with special needs, as well as with families whose children attended Shorelands special needs school, to fully understand the requirements. Their invaluable feedback provided Jupiter Play's Design Team with a much better understanding of the complexities of entering and engaging with a playground.

The bespoke pier was designed by Jupiter Play's designers in collaboration with suppliers at FHS, experts in this particular field.

The entire space, including the bespoke element, has been designed to embrace true inclusion, and offers a real mix of challenge, dynamic and sensory play, as well as plenty of space and open seating for picnics and downtime.

This play area is PiPA* certified and mapped for families with children with special needs to easily find.

Client feedback

"Every child should have access to play and this is a really welcome addition to Tendring District Council's portfolio. Even before the official opening we must have had at least 300 visitors enjoying their new play area in one day!"
- Ian Taylor, Head of Public Realm

* PiPA has been created to help Local Authorities, Landscape Architects, Planners as well as families with disabled children to create inclusive outdoor play areas as well as assessing installed play areas. See the video below for more details.


Context

A unique opportunity arose for Tendering District Council to access a large sum of capital funding, which they were required to match, to create a much needed inclusive play area at Bath House Meadows, Walton-on-the-Naze, which features the second longest pier in the UK.

The project's sole focus was on making it an inclusive destination playground. It needed to provide children with SEND every opportunity to engage in a range of activities that wouldn't be found in a regular playground.

Work undertaken

Jupiter Play created initial concepts based around the pier theme and beach hut colours, particularly using the colours from the local changing places facilities.

However, before a final design, consultation was undertaken with local parent and carer groups of children with special needs, as well as with families whose children attended Shorelands special needs school, to fully understand the requirements. Their invaluable feedback provided Jupiter Play's Design Team with a much better understanding of the complexities of entering and engaging with a playground.

The bespoke pier was designed by Jupiter Play's designers in collaboration with suppliers at FHS, experts in this particular field.

The entire space, including the bespoke element, has been designed to embrace true inclusion, and offers a real mix of challenge, dynamic and sensory play, as well as plenty of space and open seating for picnics and downtime.

This play area is PiPA* certified and mapped for families with children with special needs to easily find.

Client feedback

"Every child should have access to play and this is a really welcome addition to Tendring District Council's portfolio. Even before the official opening we must have had at least 300 visitors enjoying their new play area in one day!"
- Ian Taylor, Head of Public Realm

* PiPA has been created to help Local Authorities, Landscape Architects, Planners as well as families with disabled children to create inclusive outdoor play areas as well as assessing installed play areas. See the video below for more details.


 
 
 
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