This month Watford Borough Council opened their new inclusive adventurous site for the public. Watford awarded Southern Green Landscape Architects the project to develop a unique and inspiring play space for their local communities to enjoy all year round. Jupiter Play’s bespoke capabilities helped bring the vision to life.
The Harwood site is part of a two site project. The Harebreaks site was first to open early 2017 which was an ultimate treehouse that stood proud at 15m tall. Since, the Harwood site has been all eyes, as the public could only imagine what unique design was coming next.
Jupiter Play are proud advocates of inclusive play and believe inclusion in design does not have to mean compromises. This was the main focus around the design for the Harwood site, as a result Jupiter Play helped Southern Green Landscape Architects delivered a completely bespoke Inclusive Play PiPA certified ‘Community site’.
The design of the bespoke unit showcases an organic theme, complimenting the natural shape of the timber and existing landscape. The designers maintained this natural flow by avoiding the use of large man-made structures, therefore limiting the visual impact on the surrounding landforms. Adding to the play value, the design also incorporates multiple play structures at varying levels around the feature unit. These include; a toddler multiplay, stepping stilts, agility course, climbing nets, play boulders, playhouses, climbing entrance structure and more.
In order to create the community site, all play items designed had to consider the 6 senses of inclusive play. The team approached the design with this method consequently creating challenges for children at all levels, leaving no child on the sidelines.
Pictured above shows a birds-eye view of the site.
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