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Elmbridge Borough Council in Surrey has provided an exciting new play area for toddlers and young children in the Hurst Meadow area. Lying alongside the River Thames in Elmbridge, upstream of Hampton Court Bridge; Hurst Meadow is a popular open space and a lovely landscape, so the bespoke water and nature theme created by Sovereign was just right.

The Issue

Elmbridge Borough Council wanted to replace equipment on the existing play area and were delighted with the idea to split the site into two distinct areas to appeal to toddlers and children up to the age of 11.

The Resolution

Sovereign’s imaginative solution was to create two very different environments one based on a water theme and the other based on nature. The toddler area is inspired by the Thames which flows alongside the play area and incorporates a water theme for the safety surface; in the junior play area the safety surface reflects nature and took the beautiful Surrey landscape as its inspiration.

The Process

The two distinctly different areas created by Sovereign include two tailor-made play structures which incorporate a range of equipment including a toddler multi-play unit, a junior multi-play unit, log swings with flat seats and wet-pour safety services.

The Installation

A clear brief and imaginative design led to a trouble-free installation. Once the design was presented to the council and the proposal was accepted Sovereign installed the equipment within the month.

The Results

Philip Robinson, Senior Parks Development Officer for Elmbridge Borough Council:
“We recently awarded a contract to Sovereign Design Play Systems to replace three items of play equipment at Hurst Meadows Play Area, following a competitive quotation procedure.

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Our qualitative and financial evaluation of the various returned submissions demonstrated that Sovereign could provide value for money by being able to cost effectively fulfil our brief. The installation was expediently completed and successfully passed the post installation inspection on the day.

These improvements have made a valuable contribution to the area, and the safety surface graphics, themed to match the style of equipment, are the best we have seen so far in Elmbridge.

Philip RobinsonSenior Parks Development Officer for Elmbridge Borough Council