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Thamesmead schoolchildren celebrate opening of a new state of the art playground

Thamesmead children and their parents flocked to Broadwater Green in West Thamesmead to explore a revamped play space, reopened in time for the Easter holidays.

The new attraction was created by Peabody – which is leading the long-term regeneration of Thamesmead – in partnership with principal designer Land Use Consultants (LUC), landscape contractor Bowles & Wyer and artist Jim Buchanan Projects. Residents had a say in the design proposals and project plans ahead of construction.

Replacing an outdated play area, the new interactive space includes a standout wooden climbing structure, slides, swings, balance beams, and sensory play elements which primarily cater for children up to age 14, though some of the features may also appeal to children up to 16. Other improvements include:

  • New paths and fencing

  • New seating, including a rustic sculptural bench

  • A woodland walking trail

  • New trees, wildflower planting, grassed areas and bird/bat boxesto enhance biodiversity.

At the opening event, children tried out the new play facilities as well as enjoying a treasure hunt, willow weaving, seed planting, getting their faces painted and making their own fruit juices courtesy of a smoothie bike.

Sue Forsyth, Peabody’s Project Manager for Landscape in Thamesmead, said: “Many local people were eager for us to bring this play space back to life. Seeing so many families come to the opening celebration shows just how much the community values it. We’re confident that it’ll be a well-used and well-loved space for local children to enjoy, now and many years into the future.” 

Ed Manning, Associate Landscape Architect at LUC, said: “It’s fantastic to have reached this point, to see local children and families enjoying the new play space. It is such an amazing turnaround from how the area used to be when the scheme was originally conceived.

“The scheme takes its inspiration from the woodland character of the site and rich local heritage of ropemaking for ship building. This is now a multi-functional space, and the newly planted trees and wildflower meadow will mature over time providing a wonderful setting for outdoor play and education for years to come.”  

Dan Riddleston, Managing Director at Bowles & Wyer, said: “Our team is extremely proud to have delivered this outstanding space for Peabody and the users of this refurbished playground at Broadwater Green.”

Find out more about Peabody’s long-term regeneration of Thamesmead here

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