Horticulture Week talk to our Healthy Spaces Specialist about how apT are engaging with Communities and Residential Developers to shape, design and deliver high quality and valued play and recreational play areas.
Following the continuing success of apT’s Healthy Spaces Team, Horticulture Week have featured our innovative team’s recent achievements in their latest edition.
apT, part of Telford & Wrekin Council, has won several commissions to plan, design and build play areas since it was established last year, and forecasts future growth in this sector as an understanding of the importance of outdoor activity spreads, and in-house expertise across councils is lost.
apT led a £26,000 transformation of a dated 20-year-old play area in Donnington, Telford, to create a larger more functional space and active play with new equipment. Play and Leisure won the tender for the design and build contract, and the work was completed for Telford & Wrekin Council, Donnington and Muxton Parish Council and two community groups, Donnington Partnership and Donnington Youth Panel.
As well as consulting with the community on the plans, apT worked on the grant application for project funding. It opened on 13 March.
Healthy spaces design specialist at apT Derek Owen advises "It's getting really busy. I think it's partly to do with councils losing expertise through restructuring. There might not be sufficient officers in their sections with the ability to carry out their own provision. That's where I'm picking up work from town and parish councils. I've been dealing with play provision for about 28 years. I've built hundreds of children's play areas, skate parks, outdoor gyms, sports areas, BMX tracks."
He said he is also seeing increased interest from housebuilders for apT's services, with David Wilson Homes the first to come on board. The developer is working with apT on a healthy spaces project, an outdoor gym, two large skate park projects and several more play area revamps.
"There is now a much greater emphasis on keeping communities healthy and active through play, parks, open spaces, and recreation and sports facilities," Owen added.
"We have a team with a wealth of experience across all aspects of the planning sector so we can offer complete management for any project including community consultation, designing the space and the build. Our background in the public sector gives us an insight into the challenges that can be experienced and allows us to offer a streamlined service to our clients.
"We are excited about future growth in the healthy spaces arena and are aiming for an increasing number of contract wins in the sector."
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Category: Healthy Spaces