Case Study

School – Playground Refurbishment

Selhurst Children’s Centre Playground Refurbishment, South London

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Project Photo Gallery:
Adventure play area before refurbishment

Before: View looking towards adventure play area

Refurbished adventure play area with colourful climbing towers

After: Adventure play area fully refurbished

Climbing play area and raised deck - before playground refurbishment

Before: Climbing play area looking very neglected

Refurbished climbing play area and raised deck

After: Climbing play area looking very inviting

Refurbished raised deck and repurposed stainless steel slide

After: To side of climbing play area with repositioned slide

Playground before refurbishment - looking very neglected

Before: View across the playground looking towards shelter

View across refurbished playground showing full extent of work

After: View from shelter across refreshed playground

Playground before refurbishment - looking very neglected

Before: View towards the classrooms

Interesting water feature created from recycling bits from old playground

After: View towards classrooms with new water feature created from recycled elements

New playground feature made using partial buried vertical oak sleepers

After: New area feature created to add interest and break up the playground

Nature observation pond with wooden safety fencing

After: New nature pool created to allow pupils to observe wildlife

Nature observation pond with wooden safety fencing

After: Nature pool view from playground.


The play area was quite old and had been created with lavish mosaics and different flooring materials. Over time these materials had become very smooth and slippery, especially when wet. The condition of the old playground surfaces can be seen in the ‘before’ images below.

Our brief was to refurbish the playground replacing the unsafe flooring and to replace or make-good existing play equipment and supporting buildings.


We removed some of the unwanted features and reduced a deck area. New soft-play rubber flooring replaced the existing hard and potentially un-safe flooring.

A nature pond was created for the children, which in time will attract new wildlife, providing a safe learning environment behind our new palisade fence.

Where possible, we repaired and made-good pieces of play equipment to comply with modern safety requirements. We created a safer, fun place for the children to play. We recycled and reused as much as possible to save money and to be considerate to the environment. We designed an unusual water feature, which was created using an old ‘whispering Tube’ repurposed as part of the makeover. A photograph may be seen below.

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Playground Refurbishment for Nursery School and Children’s Education Centre that had ageing play areas in need of care and attention.