This two-phase facelift project comprised a refurbed and upgraded play area, a redesigned paddling pool, a new skate park and a multi-use games area.
Phase one involved the design of an adventurous play area for ages 8-12 and a toddler/junior play area. The design utilises the site’s natural features by incorporating a grass embankment as a play element, with additional timber and concrete low walls for informal seating and viewing. NPS also designed a new pool and water play area on a site of the old paddling pool which leaked and had a system that was not up to current standards.
For phase two, NPS worked with specialist skate park designers and a ‘skate park liaison group’ comprising professional and amateur skaters who commented on the design proposals. The resulting design is an urban skate plaza that provides a smooth, in-situ concrete riding surface incorporating a variety of tricks and jumps for novice and experience skaters. A multi-use games area with ball-stop fencing and built-in goal ends was also created.
The scheme has a number of sustainable features, including:
- The use of porous surfaces wherever possible to allow natural sustainable drainage
- Reclaimed green glass used in the pool filter
- Reduced pool water circulation which reduces energy consumption
- A selected method of water treatment when gives reduced chlorine usage.
Together, the facilities meet the requirements of the community, providing play and sports areas for both young adults and young children.