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Play!

LocationVarious

ClientKids, of course!

StatusIn progress

Children thrive in all sorts of ways when they get the chance to play. Play naturally teaches children how to use their creativity, whilst developing their confidence and physical strength. Well designed play areas should be challenge children to recognise their limitations as well as discover their abilities. Children learn by adapting to situations and well designed play will encourage them to make these discoveries.

Combining play design with a form of place-making creates inclusive community spaces that are interesting to children and adults. This can be achieved by moving away from formulaic design and creating site specific play areas that enhance the local environment.

Children are sensitive to their surroundings and opportunities can be incorporated into design to encourage informal and spontaneous interactions. Play can happen anywhere and is not limited to designed playgrounds, a mix of play spaces within our communities create an inclusive and child friendly public realm.

Plan of St. Fillans play area

Play area and species-rich grasses at Clyde View Park

Open space at Laurieston

Macrobert play area at University of Stirling

Play area at St.Columba's School, Kilmacolm

Play area at Clyde View Park

Play slide and 'clubhouse' at Kean's Cottage, Bute

Junior school play area at Dollar Academy

Steps to the water at Clyde View Park

Flexible soft surfacing at St Vincents Nursery, South Lanarkshire

Prep School play area beneath existing trees at Dollar Academy

Wild Woods play area at St.Columba's School, Kilmacolm

Nursery growing space with raised planters at St.Columba's School

Proposed section through courtyard for Worksop College Junior School

Raised deck under trees covered by a TPO at St.Columba's, Kilmacolm

Speaker system at Clyde View Park