Setter Play was commissioned by Giles Nursery and Infants' School in Stevenage to completely refresh all of their playgrounds with a variety of social- and imagination-play provisions and all-weather surfacing.
The Year 2 playground was finished with a variety of playhouses and artificial grass throughout, with a watering hole for the old timber elephant (the only existing play feature which remained in the space).
A 2-room timber playhouse encourages social and interpersonal-skills development with a shop counter and a playhouse side by side.
A soft area around the nursery features artificial grass, completely refreshing the area and giving it the ‘wow’ factor the headteacher was looking to achieve.
An engaging water play area was built on a decking platform that Setter installed into a bank in the grounds, to extend their all-weather access space. The water play area features a wide variety of moving parts,to help teach children about team work and cause-and-effect.
The centre of the space features a mound and tunnel, adding a three-dimensional exploration space on an impact-absorbing shockpad.
Two large playhouses provide open-ended imaginative play opportunities and spaces for quiet group work.
In line with the school’s brief, Setter also enclosed the scooter park, with an imaginative play petrol station to create an engaging imagination-play theme. The scooter track also features a low timber shelter to store the ride-on toys and protect them from the elements.