client Genesis (J&T) Ltd (Trading as Happy Days Nurseries)
Happy Days acquired a new nursery in Eskbank, Midlothian, a year ago and asked Halvorsen Architects to design an imaginative and original new playground for it using natural materials. Halvorsen Architects were delighted to be able to put their ideas about play and risk-taking into practice.
The natural forms of the trees at the Esbank play area encourage more imaginative play than more prescriptive structures. All the trees were sourced from otherwise redundant woodland in the Scottish Borders. Bark left on the tree trunks; recycled anti-slip rubber tread inserts; and hemp rope all contribute to the range of tactile experiences with which the children can explore different materials.
For further information about why the playground is designed as it is please see the blog: The benefits of risk in the playground.