Chatham Historic Dockyard: new playground with bespoke equipment inspired by the dockyard beyond. Our play huts are designed with the proportions of the seasoning sheds, with integrated ropes made in the ropesheds. We have hoops with measured properties from the submarine hatches - to practise swinging through. Varying ropes from site are cast into the concrete with animal prints inspired from HMS Ocelot and other dockyard related animals.
Luxmore Gardens: creating a wider play experience by opening up new playable entrances and expanding play offer for older children. Our design devised a new route through a shady unused back of the playground, integrating the new and old. Incorporating reclaimed timbers and stag oak. The organic fencing topped with stag oak and the solid two way seating are designed to integrate with the wider park.
Completed as design and build with APES Ltd
Skeltons Lane Park: our rural idyll in the city. We imagined climbing trees and overlooking the river on a summer's day. Our scheme created a dry river bed with stepping stones, timber structures in the trees, bespoke inclusive equipment, and some catalogue items too. We integrated the new play area into the whole park, set out an entrance square with a shelter (including a bat tower) and raised the paddock so that the grazing farm animals could be on view. Bespoke Timber play structures by Apes at Play Ltd.
Abbotts Park: inspired by the local history of the priory ground and medieval gardens: the expanse of tarmac was laid out with four courts, the entrance, the boules court, the table tennis and a seating court. The entrance court is demarcated by box headed limes and the screen with the circle of clouds set in the ground plane.
Art workshops with local pensioners developed the designs for the screen, groundplane and gates. Inset motifs based on earth, air, fire and water were made by children and inset around trees.
Harrow Road Park:
Our adventure on the high seas. Redesign of playground with integrated access from children's centre. We created a new story with playable routes throughout the site, and the centre piece the Sea Bass, from the Essex Marshes, now ready to board. (Boat and adaptations sourced, designed and installed with APES Ltd).
The final planting bed included edible fruit and herbs.