Holmewood House School
Hands on design and bespoke learning opportunities
Holmewood House is a co-educational, non-selective school for boys and girls aged 3-13 years, situated in 30 acres of glorious grounds in Tunbridge Wells. In September 2017, they selected us as one of a number of companies who were asked to develop designs for their pre-prep playground.
The existing pre-prep playground was a blank canvas with only tarmac and some dated equipment. The schools brief was to introduce creativity and learning opportunities into the playground, whilst paying attention to flow and potential new architectural developments to the pre-prep building. After surveying the site and meeting with teachers to understand their needs and current issues with the space, we produced initial designs for the main pre-prep playground and reception outdoor area. Based on these designs, Infinite Playgrounds were appointed as principal contractor for the project, with the school citing our bespoke design approach, our use of hardwood and the distinctive natural appearance of our products as the reason for their choice.
Following appointment, we collaborated closely with key stakeholders to develop our initial designs further and ensure the finished product met the needs of the staff and children who would be using the playground. The final design created more purposeful play and learning opportunities in the space and included several custom products requested by the teachers such as an artificial grass covered stage and earth looms for weaving.
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Installed in August 2018, the Holmewood House playground combined climbing structures, interactive play, sensory play, forest school and social spaces to create the perfect creative learning environment.
We pride ourselves on adding value for our clients and once the installation was complete we visited Holmewood House to formally handover the playground and deliver bespoke staff training sessions: The first was a training session delivered by our Managing Director Joanne, who holds QTS, providing advice and guidance to all teaching staff on how to extend learning opportunities and creativity in the playground. Then, alongside full written maintenance guidance, playground risk assessments and an independent inspection report, we provided training to the facilities team on how to maintain and care for the playground.
For us at Infinite Playgrounds, it was a pleasure to be able to work with a school whose values and ethos align so closely with our own and we were pleased to hear that the children and teachers of Holmewood House are delighted with the finished product.
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