New community play area

Morrison Construction donated £20,000 to an innovative school and community play area in Papdale which was officially opened on Monday 23 June, 2014. The project brief was to provide a facility that would be innovative, exciting, and engage with the local community to encourage young people to become more active, in a fun and challenging environment.

Published: 23 June 2014
Capability: Building
Market: Education

Following comprehensive consultation with the community and stakeholders, a unique design was developed to create the Ring of Brodgar Boulder Park, which was based on eight of the original stones of the Heart of Neolithic World Heritage Site. The stones have been adapted to allow grading according to different climbing abilities.

In addition, there is a Freerunning (Parkour) Course which is a fast growing urban activity which combines agility, balance, co-ordination and climbing, and is suitable for all abilities. Other elements of the project include the complete refurbishment of the original play area, a storage area, a stage and seating for creative performances, willow planted area, seating and picnic benches, basketball nets, and outdoor drums and chimes.

The innovative nature of the project also saw it reach the final selection for the prestigious Carnegie Design and Well-Being Awards and the Parent Council has submitted an application to the 2014 Nancy Ovens award.

Charlotte Harrison, Chairperson, Papdale Parent Council said "Over three years ago, there was an overwhelming view from parents and children to develop and refurbish the existing play area, and we wanted to create a play space that was really special and exciting for young people; something that would encourage them to be more active in a fun and exciting way, before, during and after school.

"The school teachers, parents, school children and the wider community have all taken part and have been absolutely fantastic in their support, both in raising funds and providing resources that have helped the project come to fruition, and we are very grateful to everyone who has made a contribution."

Douglas MacIntyre, Project Director for Morrison Construction said: "I am thrilled to see this project come to life. It is a fantastic facility for all age groups and will improve health, fitness and wellbeing. This unique play space is one of the first projects that Morrison Construction has supported with such a large investment and I hope the community will enjoy it for many years."

Councillor Janice Annal, Chair of the Council's Education, Leisure and Housing Committee, said: "I heartily congratulate the Papdale Parent Council who've worked extremely hard and have successfully gathered together the funds and seen this significant project through. It's certainly a very impressive outdoor learning resource for the school and the wider community. I am sure pupils and visitors will enjoy these facilities for many years to come."