Blakesley Hall Primary School

Birmingham - West Midlands

Built: February 13, 2015

“Good overall service children were very keen to use the equipment as they saw it being installed” Elaine Walsh – Senior Office Manager

What were the reasons for developing your outdoor space?
The school wanted to engage pupil further during playtimes and wanted some exciting new equipment to help aide this.

How we transformed the play area to provide outdoor learning opportunities for the children:
Before construction work could begin everything had to be approved by Balfour Beatty’s Health and Safety department. Our Installation of Playground Equipment Method statement and specific
Risk Assessments for Working within School Grounds were sent over with a detailed plan and schedule of work and we were ready to go. When designing the new area with the school we looked at creating two separate Adventure Trails in two different areas to cater for the older and younger ranges of age and ability. The High Level Adventure Trail consisted of Overhead Trapeze, Traverse Wall, Overhead Bars and an Up & Over to really challenge the more capable children. The Low Level Adventure Trail consisted of Stepping Logs, Net Ladder and Log Balance, all of which are suited to younger children but can also easily be used as a transition between the two Trails for a well-rounded range of activities. An Early Years Shelter was constructed just off of the existing tarmac play area to provide shelter and seating.

How the children will benefit from the new play area:
Both new trails will help children become more physically active during break times whilst helping to improve their balancing, stretching, climbing and traversing abilities. They will get the chance to take risks and challenge them to work up to the higher more complex units. The Early Years Shelter will offer shade and seating whilst doubling up as a playhouse to improve imaginative and creative opportunities.

What were your main reasons for working with EPE over other competitors?
“Good design ideas”


Birmingham – West Midlands

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