Tips & advice for anyone who wants to build a playground

All kids just love a really good playground. Although kids play a lot on phones and tables these days, a visit to the kids’ favourite playground is still one of the highlights of the week. In fact, all children are entitled to play in a stimulating, safe and suitable environment. This is governed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Britain certainly stands behind.

Building a fully-equipped playground is a big project that discourages many, but it does not have to be either difficult or time-consuming. However, it does require a fair bit of planning before you get started!

At home or in a public place?

If you are involved in building a public playground for everyone to enjoy, then there are numerous rules to consider. Many useful ideas and designs can be found at Play England’s web page. Play England is a registered charity whose vision is aligned with the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. However, to ensure a comprehensive understanding of building permits and other requirements, including safety and disabled access, it is critical to contact the planning authority at the local council.

If you are building a playground in your own garden, you obviously have more freedom. Although you do not have to adhere to the same rigid rules as in the case of a public playground, it is always a good idea to find out from the council if any building permits are required. It is not likely to be a problem to build a playground on your own land, but there are probably some directives that need to be adhered to nevertheless. There could be rules as to how close to the boundary line you can build and to the height of the playground equipment.

Required time and budget

Time and money are critical aspects of a construction project. If you are a handy person, there are endless possibilities for building playground equipment from scratch. Although this option can be very time-consuming, it may be a cheaper option in the long run. If financial resources are not an issue, you may choose to purchase ready-made equipment from a supplier and simply assemble it on site.  Regardless of which approach you decide to take, there are lots of great suppliers of both building materials and ready-made equipment, meaning you should be able to get exactly the type of playground you want.

A stable foundation is a must for any playground equipment

What is the most important aspect of a playground? Apart from having fun, it is safety – obviously. By anchoring the playground equipment with ground screws, you are providing a very strong foundation and a safer playground for the kids. The equipment must withstand both vigorous play by the children and brisk weather conditions, which is why a strong foundation and anchoring of the equipment is a must for a joyful and safe place to play.

Using ground screws from StopDigging is both a cheaper and easier way of anchoring playground equipment. Instead of casting a cement foundation to fasten the equipment onto, use our ground screws and save both time and money. The result using ground screws is equally stable as more traditional methods and the installation process is much faster.

StopDigging installs ground screws in a wide range of application areas and the job is carried out by our certified installers, which can be found all over the UK. Installation is quick and simple and provides the best foundation for the construction project.

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