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Schule Westend Campus in Frankfurt

In 2019 one of the world’s largest school buildings in a wooden hybrid modular construction was built, creating the Schule Westend Campus in Frankfurt. The building was designed to become a temporary location for both the primary and secondary schools in the local area until their permanent site is completed.

Using renewable raw materials, this distinctive building has been designed in a way that allows it to be dismantled and rebuilt at another location so that it can be reused in the future for other projects making it a uniquely sustainable building. As part of the build, the outdoor area needed to provide a suitable area of play that could accommodate the needs of both the primary school children and secondary school students.

Architects GMP international, worked with outdoor surface contractors to find a solution that would look right within the temporary environment but that could also provide the children and students protection from potential injuries.

Playrite’s Matchwinner Velour 1300 in Ochre, would create a remarkable sand-like look to the outdoor area and additional shock pads underneath the surface would deliver the protection needed should any injuries be incurred.

Matchwinner Velour is a sand-dressed needle punch surface that is available in 14 different colours, and designed to be inset into the surface making it ideal for education spaces to make the area bright and bold. Matchwinner Velour can be installed directly onto tarmac or equally with a Playrite shockpad to prolong the life and performance of the surface. Meets the EN15330 Part 2 standards.

Lycee Pro Alsace High School

Working with French distributor EUROFIELD, the school identified that the new surface had to be suitable for the students to play a variety of sports including basketball and football. After some deliberation to determine what surface would provide the school with a long term solution, it was decided that Playrite’s Matchplay 2 surface would be the superior choice.

The Matchplay 2 synthetic surface has been designed with schools in mind, allowing them the opportunity to play multiple games in a single area making it ideal for any facility that is restricted in outdoor space but requires optimal usage all year round.

To ensure that the project would be completed to the highest standard, French contractors EPSL were employed to install the surface. Having previously installed Playrite products they had extensive knowledge and expertise working with these materials. It took over 1400m2 of Playrite’s Matchplay 2 to cover the outside area and resulted in an impressive sports court area which incorporates two colours to reflect the external colour scheme of the school. Since the surface has been installed, the school has been able to implement an all year round sports programme for the students to enjoy.

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Kids Planet Nurseries – Chesterfield

Kids Planet Nurseries are responsible for the care and education of over 10,000 children across 82 sites in the UK and are fully committed to providing a unique environment in which children are actively encouraged to explore, learn and interact with others.

When the Chesterfield site was created, the staff were eager to inspire more outdoor play. With limited outdoor space, they contacted Newby Leisure, Natural Playground Design & Build Specialists where the design team worked with the staff at Kids Planet to add their magic touch to bring to life such a small space. Unlike previous projects, there wasn’t the capacity for streams and stage areas so the design had to create a concept that encouraged risk and challenge play. Their signature clamber tree was introduced along with some of their smaller features such as a nature table and outdoor play shop.

In keeping with the natural look required as part of the overall design, Playrite’s Nearlygrass 30 artificial grass was specified to complete the project. Playrite’s Nearlygrass collection has the look, touch, and feel of real grass, whilst providing a hard-wearing and durable surface which is an ideal solution for use with any school or nursery setting. Ensuring that outdoor play can take place all year round without the prospect of bringing the muddy outdoors inside, it is easy to maintain and keep clean. Not only is it soft to touch, if children fall, but they will also be supported by a cushioned surface.

Ashley Spink, Sales and Marketing Manager from Newby leisure, commented “Having worked with Playrite products on previous projects, we asked them to specify their most appropriate product for our client”. Ashley went on to say “The Nearlygrass products perfectly complement our designs, and visually enhanced the space to create a realistic grass surface that’s ideal for schools and nurseries. We wouldn’t hesitate to use Playrite surfaces for future projects’’.

Kids Planet Nurseries – Davenport

Kids Planet Nurseries are responsible for the care and education of over 10,000 children across 82 sites in the UK and are fully committed to providing a unique environment in which children are actively encouraged to explore, learn and interact with others.

When the Davenport site wanted to completely redesign their outdoor area to house nothing but natural features,
they contacted Newby Leisure, Natural Playground Design & Build Specialists. Their experienced design team worked with the staff at Kids Planet to redesign their outdoor space to encourage role-play and push learning through play whilst children participate in outdoor teaching and learning.

As part of the design which included a stage area complete with seating, a reclaimed clamber tree to encourage children to climb and crawl and a shelter, the majority of the outside area was to be resurfaced. The previous surface was tired, dirty, and didn’t provide the children with a safe surface to protect against impact. With a natural look required as part of the overall design that would provide comfort should they fall, Playrite’s Nearlygrass 30 artificial grass was specified to complete the project.

Playrite’s Nearlygrass collection has the look, touch, and feel of real grass, whilst providing a hard-wearing and durable surface which is an ideal solution for use with any school or nursery setting. Ensuring that outdoor play can take place all year round without the prospect of bringing the muddy outdoors inside, it is easy to maintain and keep clean. Not only is it soft to touch, if children fall, but they will also be supported by a cushioned surface.

Ashley Spink, Sales and Marketing Manager from Newby leisure, commented “Having worked with Playrite products on previous projects, we asked them to specify their most appropriate product for our client”. Ashley went on to say “The Nearlygrass products perfectly complement our designs, and visually enhanced the space to create a realistic grass surface that’s ideal for schools and nurseries. We wouldn’t hesitate to use Playrite surfaces for future projects’’.

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Kids Planet Nurseries – Shrewsbury

Kids Planet Nurseries are responsible for the care and education of over 10,000 children across 82 sites in the UK.

They are fully committed to providing a unique environment in which children are actively encouraged to explore, learn and interact with others.

When the Shrewsbury site was created, the staff were keen to make it the home of outdoor adventures and offer a collection of entertainment for the children. They contacted Newby Leisure, Natural Playground Design & Build Specialists where the design team worked with the staff at Kids Planet to bring to life a unique collection of outdoor experiences.

As part of the design, the playground encompassed play streams which are excellent for water play, whilst creating a tranquil area for children to relax and read a story together. With a natural look required as part of the overall design, Playrite’s Nearlygrass 30 artificial grass was specified to complete the project.

Playrite’s Nearlygrass collection has the look, touch, and feel of real grass, whilst providing a hard-wearing and durable surface which is an ideal solution for use with any school or nursery setting. Ensuring that outdoor play can take place all year round without the prospect of bringing the muddy outdoors inside, it is easy to maintain and keep clean. Not only is it soft to touch, if children fall, but they will also be supported by a cushioned surface.

Ashley Spink, Sales and Marketing Manager from Newby leisure, commented “Having worked with Playrite products
on previous projects, we asked them to specify their most appropriate product for our client”. Ashley went on to say “The Nearlygrass products perfectly complement our designs, and visually enhanced the space to create a realistic grass surface that’s ideal for schools and nurseries. We wouldn’t hesitate to use Playrite surfaces for future projects’’

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Kids Planet Nurseries – Winnington

Kids Planet Nurseries are responsible for the care and education of over 10,000 children across 82 sites in the UK, and are fully committed to providing a unique environment in which children are actively encouraged to explore, learn and interact with others.

When the Winnington site required a new lease of life needed for the outdoor area to deliver an enhanced outdoor experience, they contacted Newby Leisure, Natural Playground Design & Build Specialists. Their experienced design team worked with the staff at Kids Planet to incorporate different kinds of play into the scheme to offer the children the opportunity to experience contrasting sensory values. The final design incorporated elements that would help children develop fine and gross motor skills to help discover independence and positive self-esteem

As part of the design which included caves & streams, bridges, mud kitchen and sand play, the majority of the outside area was to be resurfaced. With a natural look required as part of the overall design, Playrite’s Nearlygrass 30 artificial grass was specified to complete the project.

Playrite’s Nearlygrass collection has the look, touch, and feel of real grass, whilst providing a hard-wearing and durable surface which is an ideal solution for use with any school or nursery setting. Ensuring that outdoor play can take place all year round without the prospect of bringing the muddy outdoors inside, it is easy to maintain and keep clean. Not only is it soft to touch, if children fall, but they will also be supported by a cushioned surface.

Ashley Spink, Sales and Marketing Manager from Newby leisure, commented “Having worked with Playrite product on previous projects, we asked them to specify their most appropriate product for our client”. Ashley went on to say “The Nearlygrass products perfectly complement our designs, and visually enhanced the space to create a realistic grass surface that’s ideal for schools and nurseries. We wouldn’t hesitate to use Playrite surfaces for future projects’’.

Paddington Recreation Ground

Spread over twenty seven acres in the heart of central London, Paddington Recreation Ground has an enormous range of facilities, including outdoor tennis courts, bowling green as well as a 400m athletics track. As part of the investment program, Paddington would gain a new full sized 3G artificial football pitch.

Working with the onsite management company, Sports & Leisure Management, Active Westminster consulted with ETC Sport Surfaces about the project. ETC Sport Surface has for three decades held a reputation as trusted, expert provider of sports pitch construction, installation, surfacing and maintenance works. They pride themselves on being at the forefront of technological advances in surfacing solutions including 3G surfaces, asphalt, sand and acrylic surfaces, all weather pitches, clay and artificial turf solutions and much more.

Anticipating heavy use of the pitch and wanting a surface that would be durable and perform at a professional level it was key to ensure that the right surface was chosen. It was also specified that the pitch wanted a blue surround to go with Active Westminster colour scheme and would reflect the same design of the nearby hockey pitch.

After consultation with ETC about the performance criteria the pitch needed to meet and advice about the durable and ongoing maintenance requirements, it was deemed that Playrite’s Conqueror 60 sports surface in green for the main pitch area and also in blue for the surrounding border would be the perfect solution.

With the client in need of quick installation to keep the project on schedule, both Playrite and ETC were able to work together to ensure the installation was completed on time and at the highest standard.

Delivering this installation exceeded the client’s expectations and allowed Paddington Recreation Ground to continue providing their community with access to some of the country’s best facilities and allowing them to sustain and grow their voluntary, athletic and community sports sector.

Residential Installation

Liversedge Tennis Club

The well-presented tennis club boasts four all-weather courts, two of which are floodlit and competitive players benefit from men’s, lady’s and junior teams entered in the Huddersfield and Calderdale leagues.

The Challenge

In November 2016, chairman Gary Meynell contacted Playrite regarding the planned resurfacing of two courts.

After establishing the club’s unique surface requirements, Playrite recommended Grandplay and put Gary in touch with approved contractor, Surfacing Systems for its installation.

The Result

Following installation of the new courts, Playrite attached two windbreakers, emblazoned with both the club’s and Playrite’s logos, to the boundary fencing.

The club now boasts two types of surface and feedback from members is that they are delighted with the new courts and smart windbreakers, which have improved the aesthetics of the club’s entrance.

St Mary’s Primary School

The Challenge

Playrite was approached by St Mary’s Primary School and tasked with replacing the school’s outdated playground with a new Playsafe surface to compliment the new play equipment installation.

The Result

The school has recently fitted a new, inclusive, nautical-themed, play area – including slides and climbing frames. Playrite’s installation of a colourful new Playsafe system provides landing protection in line with critical fall height risk.