Kilburn Grange Park Adventure Playcentre

Kilburn Grange Park, London Adventure Playcentre, erect architecture, Photos, Architect, Design

Kilburn Grange Park Adventure Playcentre

Children’s Playground in North West London – design by erect architecture, Architects

19 May 2011

Kilburn Grange Park Adventure Playcentre London

RIBA Award winner, 19 May 2011

Design: erect architecture

Kilburn Grange Park Adventure Playcentre Kilburn Grange Park
photographs © David Grandorge

Kilburn Grange Park Adventure Playcentre

In an increasingly risk-adverse culture, what distinguishes this project is its ambition to challenge and rethink the health and safety preconceptions that surround children’s playgrounds, most obviously characterised by the ubiquitous use of ‘bouncy tarmac’. Instead of approaching the project from a standpoint of risk aversion, architect and client have adopted one of risk benefit, whereby the learning benefits to children during supervised play of encountering reasonable degrees of risk – including fire and water – outweigh the potential dangers.

The whimsical Playcentre is a timber structure which in many ways resembles a big piece of playground furniture. This imaginative thinking has produced a visually, physically and educationally stimulating series of play structures that are characterised by their extensive use of reclaimed and recycled materials.

Kilburn Grange Park Adventure Playcentre – Building Information

Location: Kilburn Grange Park, London NW6 4LB
Architect: erect architecture

Client: London Borough of Camden
Contractor: Kier Wallis
Structural Engineer: Tall Engineers
Contract Value: £976,000
Date of completion: May 2010
Gross internal area: 4,032 sqm

Kilburn Grange Park Adventure Playcentre images / information from RIBA

RIBA Awards

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