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Sovereign Play have successfully completed an extensive redevelopment of the outdoor play areas at a Primary Academy in Essex!!

The Issue

Back in 2017, Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery were looking to develop their outdoor play facilities. With no clear provision for outdoor play and learning, Assistant Head, Luke Wildig sought the expertise of Sovereign to help transform the play areas.

The Resolution

Experienced Sales Area Manager, Tony Robinson visited the School to discuss their ideas for the outdoor space. As a large site with a variety of areas to choose from, there were plenty of opportunities to increase play provision. Focusing on three areas to begin with, Tony and the School looked to add some basic yet diverse play equipment to the areas. With the aim of providing a wide range of products, the projects were split into phases.

The Process

Utilising Sovereign’s extensive range of products for the first phase of projects, Tony began with the suggestion of timber MUGA Goal Ends ends to provide an outlet for sport and group play on an existing tarmac playground. An outdoor classroom in the form of one of Sovereign’s classic Gazebos was then selected to offer a versatile yet comfortable learning space. For an unused grass area, the Sahara adventure tower was chosen to offer some high-level challenge, along with Grass Guard tiles to meet the highest levels of safety.

With the addition of a Mini Tunnel Mound and Artificial Grass, the plans were finalised and focus could turn to the second phase.

This time the School were looking to improve a large, unused grass area with the aim of offering an outlet for more challenging physical development, as well as some creative play provision. Tony was back on hand to assist, suggesting Sovereign’s ever-popular Spider Log Climber and Red Rover Trail to offer physical challenge for each age group. The Backless Semi-Circle Stage and classic Simple Benches were then suggested to encourage creative and social play, as well as offering some imaginative role play provision.

The Installation

Installation for phase one commenced and the team from Sovereign worked tirelessly to complete the works efficiently and to the highest standard. With the successful installation of the first phase complete, plans could be put into motion for phase two of the works. Again the installers completed the works diligently and to schedule, whilst maintaining a composed and professional presence on site.

The Results

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery now boasts an extensive and diverse range of exciting play equipment that the whole School can enjoy. The children enjoy being able to explore the equipment during their play times and the staff are delighted watching them learn and develop whilst growing in confidence. Plans for the third phase of the development are already in motion to transform their EYFS outdoor facilities, with the School confident that Sovereign will deliver another successful installation that understands and fulfils their needs.

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We have always been very pleased with Sovereign, thus inviting them back for the third large project. They always listen to our requirements and take our priorities and needs fully on board. The plans are very clear and concise and very easy to present to others. The end products is of a very high standard, with the fitting teams always carrying out their duties professionally on site. We would have no hesitation in recommending Sovereign as their overall package always represents excellent value!

John ChildsSite Manager