Earlier this year we completed a project which transformed a school’s outdoor play area into a fantastic new games space with PS15 activity surfacing. As part of Sport Engand’s Primary Spaces programme, many UK primary schools were given the opportunity to receive funding for improvements to their outdoor spaces. We carried out this work at a school in London where the existing macadam playground was worn out and could not offer the kids a good quality outdoor games area. The Primary Spaces funding was used to upgrade this facility with a new better quality surface which creates a multipurpose space for children to enjoy. Keep reading to see the full transformation in all its glory from start to finish.
Upgrading Existing Macadam Surface
At this London school, the sports and games area was surfaced in hard macadam which had become worn out and lost a lot of its playing qualities over time. Although this tarmac flooring was no longer suitable as a playground, we used it as the sub base for installing the new PS15 activity surfacing. The chosen specification for this project was a Multisport synthetic turf carpet which is a popular choice for many school games facilities. We use this specialist turf carpet as it’s extremely versatile and can be used for a lot of different activities and sports. It also offers protection against injury for children when running and playing on the surface. To find out more about this durable surface type, contact us today by filling in our contact form and we’ll send you a product sheet with a further description and price to install.
The installation process for this artificial turf carpet consisted of rolling the surface out onto the existing tarmac. To create the PS15 design, different sized pieces of Multisport turf were installed in yellow, blue and green, then secured with glue at the seams and the edges. Inlaid line markings were then added in red to complete the multi coloured effect. Finally the whole surface was infilled with sand which adds performance quality and helps to keep the grass fibres stable and upright. Our professional installers ensured that this infill was evenly spread throughout the games area to ensure consistent and even playing qualities.
PS15 Activity Surfacing Design
In order to create a multi purpose games space which could be used in PE lessons, break times and extracurricular clubs, the PS15 design incorporates coloured spaces. By using the blue and green squares of carpet, the flooring is split up into smaller sections which can each be used for different activities at the same time. This allows small groups of children to take part in a game they enjoy while also getting to try lots of other sports through a circuit system. Of course the whole area can also be used as one for a full sized game which involves everybody playing together. This concept is similar to multi use games areas which are used for sports like netball, tennis and football, take a look here https://www.softsurfaces.co.uk/application/muga/surfaces/ for a further explanation of the MUGA court designs.
The picture below shows the completed activity flooring once the whole construction process was finished:
Once all of the specialist installation work was complete, the final result was a fantastic new games space which children at this London school can use for loads of different things. The Multisport synthetic turf is very hard wearing and offers a uniquely diverse specification which makes it ideal for multi purpose use. Have a look a the video below to see the whole project from start to finish which includes the complete PS15 activity surfacing upgrade with the final result:
Playground Flooring Contractor
We are a specialist playground surfacing contractor with many years of experience working in schools throughout the UK. For this particular project, we installed an artificial turf carpet surface, however we offer a range of other school playground surface types as well. These include rubber wetpour flooring and tarmac areas, each of which can be designed and installed with various coloured patterns and markings. If you have an outdoor play area which needs upgrading or you would like a new one built from scratch, look no further as we can help. Our team will be able to talk you through the recreational surface types that we offer, as well as providing a quote on the costs of your project. We advise that you decide on your budget first so we can create a tailored design to suit you.
Please get in touch with us today through the short enquiry form and we will come back to you with product sheets, prices and case studies of our previous work, don’t hesitate!