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A New Active Play Space for Bower Grove School!

The Customer 

Bower Grove School in Maidstone, Kent, strives to ensure that all pupils, with all their different learning styles, are accommodated at their school.  

This is what motivated them to contact Pentagon Play and begin developing an outdoor play space that facilitates learning through play.  

a birdseye view of the crinkle crags climber and the artificial grass surfacing

The Objectives 

The area that Bower Grove had prior to Pentagon Play visit had a large metal climbing frame that didn’t offer many play opportunities for pupils, and their children had very little interest in.  

It was key that Pentagon Play offered them a solution that was open and had many different opportunities for their pupils.

 the key figures of the project

Our Approach 

Outdoor Learning Consultant, Sam Flatman worked on this space with the team at Bower Grove School.  

Sam chose a variety of physically challenging pieces with one central WOW factor.  

It was his thought that by having this in the centre, it will feel much more as one big space, rather than the three separate areas.  

a birdseye view of the green artificial grass

The equipment now has a new subbase and shock pads under it, so that the whole space is safer impacting.  

With all of this in mind, Sam designed an open and engaging space for their pupils to explore! 

a birdseye view of the sensory seating circle and the get set go blocks

The Results 

The results of this fantastic and well-thought-out design by Sam Flatman is bright and engaging space full of learning opportunities for the pupils of Bower Grove Primary School.  

The environment now includes a large Crinkle Crags Climber, which offers a range of learning opportunities for pupils with a variety of entry and exit points for the children to locate. They will build key skills through play as they develop their coordination, physical strength and problem solving skills.  

a shot from the drone at a distance of the children playing on the green artificial grass

For those looking to continue to build their active play skills, the children can now explore a range of individual trim trail items. This includes a Log and Net Climber, Grip and Grasp Traverse, Horizontal Climbing Wall, and Forest Pull Up Bars 

For those pupils who have explored active play, and are interested in something else, there is also a Sensory Seating Circle. The perfect space to sit and talk with friends, building communication skills and enjoying some mindfulness.  

a shot of the crinkle crags climber

The school has also added a 3.5 Metre Gazebo offering some well-needed shelter from both rain and sunshine, meaning pupils can sit and relax comfortably in this sturdy structure.  

This space now offers a range of different activities for pupils to explore and we were thrilled to be a part of this exciting project.  

If you’re interested in looking for an open-ended climbing frame to explore, then view our range of Active Play Climbers now.  

Or, if you already know how you would like your project to look, Contact Us Today to get the ball rolling.