idverde redeveloped the existing play area at Holland Park into a new adventure playground.
Scope of works
- Hard and soft landscaping works with tyre grip, self-binding gravel and play safety surfaces
- Play structures and equipment
- Drainage with stone and sculpted concrete water channels
- Soft swales and dry river planting
- SuDS ponds
- Planting and woodland ground covering
- Water fountain features
- Retaining walls
- Site furniture
The playground was redesigned, in-line with a public consultation exercise, to provide a high-quality play experience linking with the woodland surroundings and improve the drainage of the site, which has previously been prone to flooding.
Pathways and bridges are fully-accessible with a wheelchair-accessible roundabout and accessible swings.
Habitat panels, new planting and rubbing plaques for the newly planted trees encourage children to engage with the natural environment.
- 25m zip wire
- 10-person seesaw
- 10-person dragon swinger
Some challenging and bespoke items formed part of the Contractor’s Design Portion and required collaboration with the client team and idverde's play safety consultant to prepare the fabrication drawings and turn these into functional and buildable features which complied with all relevant standards.
The site was cleared and significant earthworks completed, with various modifications made due to finding unrecorded services which conflicted with the construction build-ups, reinforced concrete slabs, and natural water springs.
A complex and bespoke concrete playback was created, with multiple colours and surface finishes. This was executed to exacting levels as the entire scheme was a functioning SuDS scheme with surface water directed into the play bank for sand and water play elements.
Bespoke play features were developed from concept sketches, and details explored to achieve the right finishes and material combinations. This required the continued refinement and co-ordination of multiple moving parts to for innovative, unique and original features.
An adobe wall structure at the base of the Fishing Tower was built utilising site-won clay.
Throughout the scheme, in both the sub-base and above ground features such as basins, swales and wetlands, is a SuDS scheme, which, with the soft landscaping and planting, adds significant value to the play space and play experience.
The site had a number of constraints including the presence of established trees with significant root protection areas. We had to work closely with the Arboricultural Officer and within the parameters of the Arboricultural Impact Assessment to develop methodologies to the construction techniques, particularly adapting designs and the placement of support poles for features such as the play features and boardwalk to suit the position of tree roots that until excavation of foundations were unknown.
During the reduced dig excavation, a clay seam was discovered which impacted the SUDs scheme's infiltration and performance. This also resulted in sand pits with limited vertical drainage and, in addition to natural springs emerging within the concrete playbank, the SUDs scheme needed adaptation to respond to these new constraints.
Careful planning limited impacts to operations and users of Holland Park and the car park.
idverde received a BALI National Award in 2020 for the hard landscaping, and the BALI Principal Award for best Community and Schools Development.