Play Innovation - winner of the SAPCA Award 2024 for Small Project of the Year

Play Innovation won the SAPCA Award 2024 for Small Project of the Year for its work to create inclusive play areas at Silwood Street Ball Court Zone and Pocket Park Play Area in London.

Working in partnership with Axis Europe, Play Innovation was set a challenge by housing group L&Q – which owns the site – to design and deliver a family-inclusive sports area which would help tackle inactivity and inequality, providing social value to the area.

Play Innovation took a holistic approach to the brief and meticulously designed an award-winning scheme to resounding success.

With inclusivity built into the heart of the design, Play Innovation created a multi-use games area (MUGA) featuring its patented target games, including the innovative Corner Skills, Street Snooker and Crossbar King. Elsewhere, the outer areas were re-landscaped to provide entirely new and safe access routes to and through the activity zones.

To encourage everyone to enjoy the space – regardless of age or ability – there are also informal seating, personal training zones, mini athletics and table tennis tables. Combined, the different areas create numerous opportunities for all members of the community to enjoy and to stay active.

 

To ensure maxim social value, the community were involved in the process at every stage.

Before the works:
A pilot scheme presentation to L&Q residents introduced them to artists’ impressions and 3D visualisations of the proposed new playgrounds which have been designed specifically with residents and the local community at the centre.

During the works:
Throughout the work, as Considerate Constructors, the partnership kept residents informed about progress, liaising with Residents’ Associations and minimised inconvenience, particularly with regard to pedestrians’ walk through areas. The teams prioritised Health and Safety for site workers and residents. All scrap metal from the sites was recycled.

L&Q houses around 250,000 people in more than 105,000 homes, primarily across London and the South East. A registered charitable housing association L&Q believes passionately that people’s health, security and happiness depend on where they live.

Play Innovation founder, Marco Boi, said: “We have been innovating and creating physical activity experiences and solutions since 2010, continuously listening to people of every age, of every ethnicity and across all genders, in order to understand their needs and to better design outdoor spaces to tackle inactivity. We were given the opportunity by L&Q and Axis Europe to create something special – which has now been recognised by us winning a SAPCA Award for the project. This really is a huge achievement for us and will hopefully help raise Play Innovation’s profile as an advocate of good design in ball courts, inclusive spaces and outdoor activity zones.”

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