St John’s C of E Primary School

Colchester - Essex

Built: July 22, 2020

“I am more than pleased with the new areas we have created. They look great and will bear you in mind for future developments.” P. Arrowsmith – Deputy Head Teacher

What were the reasons for developing your outdoor space?

“To modernise certain pieces of equipment, to make areas more suitable for all year round use and to promote Mental Well-being.”

How we transformed the play area to provide outdoor learning opportunities for the children:

The school council had identified early that they wanted to not only improve their play area with new resources but to also make use of what they already had to promote recycling rather than throwing away.

Following some detailed plans from the school, we proposed to refurbish their existing timber car seats that were rotten by replacing affected timbers and revamping the sides of the cars with cool new HDPE plastic. This limited the waste and made the existing play cars as good as new.

We provided climbing grips to create a large climbing wall out of an unused brick wall and on the opposite side we created a performance zone which included a Theatre Backdrop Panel and 2 Wobbly Mirror Panels. This was all sheltered with a replacement polycarbonate roof.

To create a safer and more usable tyre park we laid new Recycled Rubber Mulch Safety Surfacing around it and joined it to the existing trim trail creating a continuous all weather play area.

 How the children will benefit from the new play area:

The children are excited to get exactly what they were looking for, a play area full of new opportunities to play and learn whilst also bringing back to life some of their favourite items to play with.

What were your main reasons for working with EPE over other competitors?

“The planning was exemplary and the quote we received was far more manageable for our budget.”

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