One of London’s best known parks has replaced its long-standing playground, re-designed in all natural materials, to deliver an inclusive and accessible experience to children. Gloucester Gate Playground in Regent’s Park, previously designed on flat ground with metal materials, comprises new equipment and an undulating landscape interspersed with hedges, trees, flowers and grass.
Completing the task in 2020, Civic Engineers played an instrumental role in the design. Working alongside landscape architect Land Use Consultants and a play-specialist artist Jim Buchan Projects, the new playground is almost double the size of the former site. It boasts a 50-metre zip wire, bespoke climbing structures and water play alongside the traditional offer of swings, slides and sandpit.
With equipment built from natural materials such as wood, rope, bark and willow, accessibility has been at the forefront of the design. A wheelchair-friendly roundabout and bridge feature on the site alongside a widened slide and raised tables for water and sand play.