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Amey Defence Services - Essex Green Play Area

October 16, 2020

Wicksteed was awarded a tender for Amey Defence Services who were updating some of their sites in the Midlands area. The site at Essex Green was a brand new play area, the space was ideal as it was a large tarmac area which allowed Wicksteed to chase cut wet pour pads into the tarmac and use more of the budget on equipment rather than spending on groundworks.

Wicksteed’s Playground Design

Essex Green Play Area
Wicksteed’s design submission for Amey Defence Services

Wicksteed split the site into toddler and junior areas – the toddler area was fenced and equipment was themed in red and yellow colours. The main feature is a 5 tower multi-play unit from the Nursery Rhymes range with a number of play features coming off each tower. Other equipment in this area includes the inclusive Swirl roundabout, springies, activity panels and swing with one cradle seat and one child/adult seat. Wicksteed utilised the tarmac area between the wet pour pads for colourful ground graphics which are fun and educational.

Amey Defence Services
Nursery Rhymes Multi-Play Unit

A challenging activity trail links the toddler area to the junior area. The junior area is themed blue and yellow with a large Tree Top Towers multi-play unit as the centrepiece. The unit includes a tube slide (always a favourite with the children!), climbing wall, activity net and other play features. The area is packed with exciting and dynamic equipment such as a Spin-A-Bounce, Cableway, basket seat swing and flat seat swing. On the grassed area to the side of the play equipment is a new goal end with basketball hoop and a large pad of artificial grass in front of the goalmouth.

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Tree Top Towers at Essex Green Play Area

The response from residents has been fantastic to go from nothing to a play area like this. The play area is busy every day and Amey have been delighted with the range and quality of equipment.

Essex Green Rotabounce
Rotabounce unit at Essex Green Play Area
Cableway Amey
Cableway at Essex Green Play Area

Client: Essex Green Play Area
Project: Amey Defence Services
Budget: £41,000
Contact: Joan Downes

Start date: July 2020
Completion: August 2020
Address: Building F2, MOD Donnington,
Telford, Shropshire, TF2 8JT


Written by: Andy Prentice
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