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Playgrounds for parks & public spaces

Theories have been creating safe play environments for everyone since 1983.

All of our playgrounds for parks and public spaces are uniquely designed for their unique spaces.

From family interactivity spaces to quiet spaces for small ones, play and picnic areas, learning and educational spaces.

Our designs complement, enhance and attract visitors to your parks or public spaces.

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Interactive • Social • Physical • Educational • Natural • Environmental

At Theories Landscapes we don’t believe that one size fits all.

Every outdoor space or playground should be unique, sympathetic to its surroundings, fitting to its landscape and an enhancement of its locality.

Natural environments

Bringing planting into playgrounds in parks and open spaces adds whole new dimensions – touch, smell and even taste.

Theories playgrounds are built by landscapers, not just contractors, so we’re adept at choosing planting that enhances a child’s play and learning experience.

Working with you

Working with you to build the playground that fits your needs is our key to success. Understanding what and for whom your playground is being used, means that we can ensure the greatest balance between fun, education and development, whatever age or physical restrictions your pupils may have.

Safe & secure

Playgrounds should be a safe environment for everyone. Using the best quality materials, leaving no screws or bolts exposed to small fingers or to snag on clothing, is what we believe should be included as standard in all of our playgrounds

Dedicated aftercare

A Theories playground is built to last, but all playgrounds need regular checks and some TLC from time to time. Our dedicated team can carry out regular safety inspections, ensuring your playground is always safe, spotting problems or maintenance requirements early on, saving your needless worry and costs for major upgrades, repairs or replacements in the future.

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Public parks and their playgrounds should be unique, enhancing their surroundings and environment while delivering fun and educational value to children and young people alike.

But playgrounds and public spaces aren’t just for children, they are also for families, young and old and for friends that may just want to sit and talk with the backdrop of excitement, fun and learning.

Slides, swings, trails, tree houses, shelters, picnic benches and seating are only a small part of creating an inviting outdoor space.

Totally bespoke for you

All of the playgrounds for parks & public spaces we create are totally bespoke and holistically designed.

We always consider your project holistically as considering the numbers and types of visitors and the experience you want to give them is all part of our design. Everything needs to be thought through to ensure it’s safe – how high, how hard or soft, how children move through the space and how they may be supervised by parents, grandparents, friends or carers.

When it comes to the pieces in our playgrounds and spaces, yes, we do have some signature designs, but each element is tailored and built especially for your project – hand built to the highest standards and finish for quality and safety and coloured or treated to enhance their place within your project.

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How do Theories work with you to build the perfect playground for your park or public space?

1. Initial meeting

Online or off, we’ll listen to what you are looking to achieve and the results you are wanting to get from your new play space.

We can show you our playground portfolio and highlight examples of similar projects we’ve tended to.

2. Design phase

We agree a playground design fee (fixed or flexible) and ensure that everyone is 100% clear on what’s to be achieved and how much time we have on the preliminary designs.

We then push into the design to bring your visions to life.

3. Contract

When your playground design has been approved we’ll draw up a fixed price contract for the build.

With a detailed instruct on completion order, we’ll provide a detailed programme of work and conduct a health and safety assessment, organise the site and move to the next stage.

4. Construction

We may have to bring in external contractors for some specialist work, but we’ll take care of everything.

Our team endeavours to make the development of natural playgrounds a wholesome and educational experience for staff and children alike – some aspects of our work can become interactive events for the children too.

5. Planting

Depending on the final planting scheme we’ll usually wait until all of the construction is completed. This helps us to better visualise the final type of planting to best suit and complement the playground and its surroundings.

6. Aftercare

Far from being just a playground design and build company, we provide a great degree of aftercare.

This can include replacing and repairing any pieces of equipment that may have become damaged due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Safety

Every aspect of our playground builds is considered for safety – no nails left proud, no sharp edges.

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Materials

Different materials are used throughout our playgrounds to change the flow and types of play that take place.

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Play

Theories playgrounds are designed for fun. We introduce different forms of play to fit your requirements.

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Safety

How your playground is constructed affects its level of safety. We ensure that there are no fixings left proud to snag or hurt fingers.

Playgrounds for parks & public spaces can be made up of many elements

To get you thinking about your playground we’ve put together a list of what you may consider incorporating into your playground, alongside some of the educational benefits that come with them.

What could we include?

  • Balance beams
  • Bridges
  • Bug hotels
  • Canopies
  • Chalk boards
  • Clamber nets
  • Climbing structures & walls
  • Decking
  • Dens
  • Fireman’s poles
  • Integrated storage
  • Landscaping
  • Learning boards
  • Log stacks
  • Natural or artificial grass
  • Mirrors
  • Mud kitchens
  • Musical instruments
  • Organic archways
  • Outdoor classrooms
  • Parasols
  • Planting
  • Play tunnel
  • Pulleys
  • Rope walks
  • Rubber mulch
  • Sand & pebble play areas
  • Scramble nets
  • Sensory gardens & planting
  • Slides
  • Stages
  • Stepping stones
  • Stilts
  • Story telling areas
  • Tables & benches
  • Tipis
  • Towers
  • Trap doors
  • Trapeze handles
  • Trim trails
  • Water
  • Work benches
  • Wormeries
  • and more

What skills and educational advancements do our playground build?

  • Art & design
  • Balance
  • Communication
  • Confidence building
  • Concentration
  • Creative play
  • Decision making
  • Discovery
  • Eco, creative & independent learning
  • Imaginative & co-operative play
  • Maths
  • Motor skills – fine & gross
  • Music skills
  • Language skills
  • Problem solving
  • Resilience
  • Responsibility
  • Risk
  • Role play
  • Sensory skills
  • Science
  • Social play
  • Team building
  • Well-being
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What our customers are saying about us

“’We are thrilled with the new playground, the children love it and it does make the teachers’ work easier as the set up is so accessible and easy to maintain.

The climbing frame works really well, the children use both the upper and lower level, which is a home corner at the moment. As we are outdoors in all weathers the climbing frame not only offers shelter but it’s an exciting and relaxing place to be in. The design enables the children to lead and initiate different games in different areas rather than just run around dangerously.’”

Joanna

Ey Leader, Copenhagen Primary

“Theories have been essential in helping us realise our plan for a new and innovative adventure playground. It has proved highly successful and popular with the local children and staff alike. The play environment designed by Theories is supporting creative play activities in many different and varied ways.”

Tim Wallder

Play Director, IGC

“Theories have consistently been able to listen to our staff’s wishes as well as the needs of individual children and go on to create unique, challenging and interesting play environments where every nook and cranny counts and where every child can explore their own varied play needs safely and happily.

Theories are a one-stop professional playground solution, seamlessly integrating every aspect from helping formulate a design brief, producing design proposals and budgets, to carrying out the build contract with their own skilled staff, and finally offering on-going maintenance support.”

Stewart Harris

Head, Phoenix Primary School, E3

Get started today!

Tell us about your vision

We’re very happy to chat with you about your school playground ideas and answer any initial questions that you may have about Theories Landscapes, so why not give us a call or send us an email, it costs you nothing and could be the start of something wonderful that enhances your school and your pupils’ lives for years to come..

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Birchwood Nursery School

A fantastic example of a natural playground.

The playspace built by Theories incorporated buckets, pulleys and decked areas to create a multi-level setting that’s great for creative playing. It also featured a sheltered and educational area.

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