We can offer a wide range of services, including play space design and implementation, training and professional development, play events and community consultation, fundraising and development of funding strategies and ‘risk benefit’ approaches to play.
We undertake design work ranging from small scale concept plans to full construction drawings and specifications, master planning and feasibility studies for projects large and small. Our clients include local authorities, community groups, schools and nurseries, adventure playgrounds charities and public bodies such as Forestry Commission. Our schemes may be dedicated play spaces or equally important – playable spaces within the wider public realm.
Most people now agree that risk and challenge is important for children and young people and attempts to eliminate it result in sterile and boring play spaces.
But in practice introducing risk and challenge to actual play settings is fraught with difficulties and entails winning hearts and minds.
We are committed to sharing the understanding, experience and learning we have developed over the last 25 years and are enthusiastic to debate and learn more about the development of play space.
Developing ideas and plans for play space means involving prospective users and others who may be affected. Also, evidence of consultation is also almost always required by funders.
Funding is always an issue with play projects. However, there are sources of funding around and we can help write business plans, devise suitable funding strategies for particular groups and help with grant applications big and small.