Playground Flooring in A Social & Public Partnership Housing Project, London
SSP working for Elite landscapes installed a dual surface in one new build playground at Woodberry Downs.
Hackney Council is leading the regeneration of Woodberry Downs, which involves demolishing 1,980 homes on the estate and building more than 5,500 new ones, with 41% for social renting and shared ownership. Hackney council has been working in partnership with Berkeley Homes to regenerate the estate.
New facilities include
- three new public parks – including Woodberry Wetlands.
- a community centre and library
- a new Academy and extended primary school
- a new children’s centre
- retail and commercial opportunities
Hackney council has been working in partnership with Berkeley Homes to regenerate the estate which is uniquely placed with a natural waterside and in London zone 2.
Playground equipment requires a safety surface around it’s perimeter to provide a critical fall height over the impact area. Although natural turf can provide a safety surface for playground equipment with free fall height of less than 600mm. There is however strict criteria for the area, which is often difficult to fulfill in a playground.
- That there be a minimum 150mm of good quality topsoil
- That there are no roots or rocks just below the surface
- That the grass remains throughout the year and does not become mud or bare earth
Wet pour rubber has been the preferred surface by councils and contractors traditionally. The depth of the rubber surface can be varied to provide the required critical fall height and is available in a wide range of colours. Please follow the link to the colours page (click here).
Wet Pour Rubber Critical Fall heights
|Thickness Rubber||Critical Fall Height|
|40 mm||1.3 m|
|50 mm||1.5 m|
|60 mm||1.7 m|
|70 mm||1.9 m|
|80 mm||2.0 m|
|90 mm||2.2 m|
|100 mm||2.4 m|
However artificial grass has seen a steadily increasing use in public parks and gardens. Artificial grass provides a change in texture and provides a more suitable sitting surface for picnics etc for the end user.
The new playground needed to blend with the natural environment and provide a 5* playground for residents. A blend of wet pour rubber in earth and yellow colours was installed over a prepared base.