Watford Borough Council
This project was part of a £1.5 million investment to create two iconic destination play sites at Harwoods and Harebreaks.
‘We are proud to have been associated with Southern Green Ltd Landscape Architects on the redevelopment of our two adventurous playgrounds. We set them a challenge to deliver us 2 play facilities with a WOW factor and without a doubt, they have delivered. The feedback from customers has and continues to be excellent. A milestone project... expertly delivered by yourselves’.
Alan Gough (Head of Community & Environmental Services, Watford BoroughCouncil)
This expansive playscape aims to push the boundaries of inclusive play design. The project aims to encourage social interaction and will allow endless opportunities for less able and fully able children to challenge themselves as they play alongside each other. A unique set of play environments inspired by native woodland types define the character of each play zone. The contrasting play spaces aim to provide stimulating opportunities for informal and imaginative play and providing opportunities for play progression as well as increasing repeat visits to the site.
The new play facility at Harebreaks lies on the edge of ancient woodland which is a dedicated Local Nature Reserve. The area has been wooded since 1600AD and presented sensitive design constraints in relation to root protection areas, flora and fauna. It was imperative that proposals were sympathetic to the surrounding woodland environment.
The large play unit is nestled in the canopy of mature oak trees, which inspired the design of the unit. The play tower is 22 metres in length and totals 12 metres in height enabling adventurers to experience the scale of adjacent woodland as well as giving views across the surrounding landscape/townscape. Users can ascend the unit by climbing walls, bridges or via scramble nets. A netted area provides opportunities for quieter play, resting and relaxation.