Type: Concept Design to Construction Support
Timeframe: Design - 12 weeks, Construction - 6 months
Winner: Silver Award, Commerical Educational Division, 2016 AILDM National Awards
East Boundary Road Chidcare Centre, East Bentleigh
In this award-winning design, we worked with a challenging layout to provide a number of open spaces to be utilised for multiple activities, along with play opportunities in various narrow areas.
The northern section of the groundfloor houses a sandpit, feature trees, an open synthetic turf area, and a path with a turning circle at one end for wheeled play. Adjacent to this, synthetic softfall is partially shaded by a pergola. The pergolas have climbing plants growing on them. The rest of groundfloor playspace is comprised of a sensory garden, two synthetic turf areas, another sandpit, a bush telephone and a small enclosed space for outdoor art activities.
On the first floor, the playspace includes expansive synthetic softfall and synthetic turf areas, a sandpit in deck and numerous plants in planters positioned to add colour and interest. We have utilised vertical greenwalls for herb planting on both levels.
The planting is varied, hardy and requires little maintenance. There is a mixture of evergreens (both natives and exotics), deciduous, and palm-like plants, to offer seasonal interest as well as soften the view of the building from the streets and neighbouring properties.
The playspace was completed in early 2016.