YMCA, Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire

The YMCA had a vision to create a Nursery and Early Years Play area that was covered and had fixed play equipment of varying disciplines designed to encourage play and learning in younger children.

The centre had an underused quadrangle that was transformed to create a vibrant play area with the help of Broxaps’ Shelters and Hand Made Places divisions.

Broxap designed an area which was laid with rubber safety surfacing that included colourful playground style markings and games. A series of high quality timber FSC® Certified Play Equipment from the Hand Made Places division was installed in the quadrangle. This included elements of seating with table and SEND equipment such as Concave Mirror Panels, Dry Wipe board and Finger Mazes.

The area was finished with the addition of  two Perimeter Beam Shade Sails to provide protection from the sun and light showers, the columns of these were also clad with protective padding.

The area is now fenced in from the car park beyond using Hand Made Places colourful pencil fencing and children can happily play within the quadrangle come rain or shine.