We were asked to create a play area in this large municipal park in Bristol – and our brief was to include a parkour course! We worked in consultation with the local parkour group, and although involving the public had its own challenges – among them, managing the health and safety of the site while we worked round interested observers – it was great fun, and very satisfying when we built something they loved.
This was a new playpark, built using local materials, which was designed to have two halves – a more traditional area with swings, roundabout, slide and climbing wall, and a wilder space that provided different sensory experiences and encouraged imaginative play. As a climber himself, Nick particularly enjoyed building the climbing wall – which had to be durable, strong, safe, and challenging enough to be fun!
A little different from the other playparks, this space was a big open area where the Local Authority had asked for interesting planting and opportunities for children to play – a brief which we fulfilled with the help of some wonderful wood carvings by renowned local sculptor Andy O’Neill. We also created “four season” areas – which presented some unusual challenges, including the problem of finding the best way to plant daisy seeds in an elegant spiral. Nick was really proud of himself when he worked out the perfect method...
This was an unusual challenge for us, as we were engaged to dismantle and rebuild a BMX track that another company had built in the wrong place! It wasn’t as easy as it sounds to rotate the whole thing ninety degrees… We moved thousands of tonnes of earth, and then reformed the ramps and hard surfaces, including the curved tarmac berm – all of which had to be done at precisely the right angles. Luckily the local BMX bike club were there to advise and test the track, and with their help we got it spot on.