There are many types of multipurpose outdoor areas installed in the UK for schools, public parks, commercial projects and domestic gardens. Each of these facilities needs to have a durable, attractive and functional surface which is fit for purpose, along with any equipment that can be installed to enhance the area. The outdoor spaces that we design and install can range between recreational play areas, sports courts, athletics facilities, garden lawns, pathway paving and various other decorative surfaces. Our team of experts can create a bespoke specification which suits the needs of your project and provides a long lasting and good looking external surface which is fit for purpose. Please feel free to contact us by using the quick form on this page if you would like to talk about costs for a surface type you are interested in.
Playground Surface Designs
We can install a vast range of playground surface designs for multipurpose outdoor areas which suit the needs of the children who will be playing on the surfacing by creating fun and educational designs. There are no limits to the number of colours and graphics that we can create and install to your playground surface, these could be in either wetpour rubber or applied to a tarmac play area with thermoplastic markings.
- Nursery Play Areas
These facilities are often installed in wetpour rubber surfacing as this is made up of a two layered system with an SBR rubber shockpad to absorb impact from a range of Critical Fall Height Ratings and create a safe area for younger kids to play and use different types of equipment. A variety of colours and graphics can be installed within the nursery play surface to create a fun and engaging environment where younger children can interact with shapes and characters as well as with other kids around them.
- School Playgrounds
Outdoor recreational surfaces at primary schools can also be installed in the rubber safety surfacing but tend to have more educationally focused designs such as number grids, letter snakes and maps. These school playground facilities encourage participation in active learning outside of the classroom. Most children find very beneficial as it helps them to pick things up more quickly when they are learning through a fun activity. Other playgrounds, such as those at secondary schools, are often installed with macadam surfacing, this can have colourful graphics applied with thermoplastic markings which are melted onto the surface and can create lines for a number of educational games and sporting activities.
- Play Equipment
We can offer a range of play equipment for external recreational areas which provide children with an opportunity to participate in physical activities, as well as having different types of outdoor furniture that they can use during play times. The various types of playground equipment that we supply can include benches, soft seating, canopies, rubber spheres, fitness trails, slides and climbing towers. You can choose a selection of these different furnishings and accessories to create an enjoyable environment where children can play and interact with each other.
Sports Facility Designs
As well as the playground surfaces, we also install multipurpose outdoor areas which can be used for a variety of different sports, these are commonly chosen for secondary schools, colleges and sports clubs which require all weather facilities and may have limited space outside. A multi use games area is a great way for school students or members of the public to participate in a number of sports all in one place through contrasting coloured line markings for different activities. Our clients have the option to choose from a range of surface types, dimensions and specifications, each of which provides individual playing qualities which meet SAPCA safety accreditations.
- Macadam MUGA Surfaces
This specification is popular for all purpose facilities because it’s very durable and versatile so it provides good performance characteristics as well as efficient drainage and all weather capabilities. Sports which can typically be played on a macadam surface include tennis, netball and basketball; however it’s also suitable for football training and general multi use activities. Acrylic anti slip paint can be applied to the court to give it a bright colour and to enhance the playability for whatever you choose as your primary sport.
- Polymeric EPDM Surfacing
This is a rubberised hard court specification which comes in a range of colours and is also durable and resistant to damage through heavy use by a school or sports club. Polymeric surfaces can be used for general multipurpose use with sports like netball and tennis as well as a variety of other games and activities. Slip resistant paint and coloured line markings can also be applied to this rubber court surface to help distinguish between markings when playing each different sport.
- Artificial Grass Pitches
Another Q26 surface specification that we commonly use for multipurpose outdoor areas at schools and clubs is synthetic turf. This can be installed for sports pitches which are used for activities like football, rugby and hockey. The 2G sand filled specification is a great choice for football and hockey pitches, whereas the 3G artificial turf carpet is ideal for football and rugby because it provides the most natural characteristics and the rubber infill gives greater impact absorption. Needlepunch synthetic surfacing is the most versatile of the fake carpet specifications and it can be installed in a range of bright colours, schools often have this surface type installed for use with football, tennis, hockey, netball and a range of other activities.
Athletics Track Facilities
Our range of sports facilities also includes surfacing for athletics tracks and long jump runway areas. We can install the full running track surface for a full sized 400m facility, a smaller sprint track, long jump/triple jump runway and also high jump fans. These surfaces can all be installed in either polymeric rubber or needlepunch synthetic turf surfacing depending on what the area is being used for and who will be using it. Both of these specifications are porous and provide efficient drainage properties for outdoor all weather surfaces which can be used throughout the year.
The polymeric rubber NBS specification is often chosen for secondary schools, colleges and clubs where older students or professional athletes are training and competing in events. Many primary schools and smaller athletics tracks have the needlepunch synthetic carpet installed because this provides a softer surface for younger children and amateur athletes to use during PE lessons, after school clubs and recreational activities. As well as the running track surface we can also install sand landing pits for long jump facilities including maintenance equipment and a sand pit cover to protect the area.
Decorative Paths and Driveways
Lots of commercial visitor attractions and domestic homes have pathway surfaces installed in decorative paving to create multipurpose outdoor areas which look attractive and are functional for the particular organisation or client who will be using it. We can supply and install a number of different flooring options to create a durable and attractive surface which is strong enough to withstand pedestrian traffic for pathways as well as use by vehicles in car parks and driveways.
- Resin Bonded Paving
This is a stone based surface type which is installed by applying a specialist resin onto an existing hard surface such as macadam or concrete and then scattering loose stone aggregate onto the resin so it sticks to the macadam. When the resin bonded paving system has cured it gives the appearance of loose gravel, but it is a lot more durable and doesn’t require as much maintenance.
- Resin Bound Surfaces
This is another paving option which is created using natural gravel aggregate, however this specification involves mixing the stone with the resin before it’s applied to the macadam base. When the mixture is laid out it leaves a smooth finish with a natural appearance which can come in a range of different colour options and designs.
- Rhino Pave Specification
We often use this surface type for footpaths and walkways in areas like parks and woodland trails where there are a lot of trees or natural vegetation which means extensive groundworks can’t be carried out. The rhino pave surface is made up of rubber granules and stone mixed together and can be laid onto any existing surface without having to excavate down and install a base of macadam or concrete.
- Tarmacadam Roadways
The macadam surface specification is commonly used for multipurpose outdoor areas such as roads, car parks and paths as it provides a lot of strength and durability for heavy vehicle traffic and people walking on it throughout the day. We can install the tarmacadam surfacing in a number of different colours as well as applying specialist paint to road markings and navigation signs for various access routes and car parks.
Get In Touch With Us
As you can see we supply and install a vast range of surface types and specifications for multipurpose outdoor areas at domestic homes, commercial facilities, schools, parks and many other locations in the UK. Please use our contact form to get in touch with us if you need any further information on costs or designs for all of the surface types we specialise in. You can also take a look around the rest of our website to see more details and examples of the work we carry out.