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The U.K is in the midst of a house building boom, with government officials estimating a minimum of 200,000 homes a year will need to be built for the foreseeable future, to keep up with current demand levels. Good quality, well designed and properly installed public spaces are essential for the success of modern housing developments, adding significant value to a new estate and improving the well being of inhabitants.

Three Categories of play

New development play areas

Play areas for new developments often for into three distinct categories, the Local Area of Play (LAP), the Local Equipped Area of Play (LEAP) and a Neighbourhood Equipped Area of Play (NEAP).

LAP

A LAP is the smallest of these categories, and is aimed at younger children.
Key features of a LAP include:

  • Being positioned on a well used pedestrian route, within 1 minute walking time of most users
  • Minimum of 100 m2 activity space recommended
  • Sign installed, advising the area is intended for children’s play, and that no dogs are allowed
  • Aimed at children 6 years old and young

LEAP

A LEAP is the middle sized design of the three categories, and typical features include:

  • An activity zone of at least 400 m2
  • A reasonably flat surface with good drainage, and suitable safety surfacing for the existing equipment
  • Introduces challenging play features, with at least 6 different aspects of play included (e.g swinging, sliding, climbing)
  • Suitable space for active play around all installed playground equipment
  • Adequate seating and bins should be provided
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NEAP

A NEAP is the largest size design of the three categories, and typical features include:

  • Positioned on an easily accessible pedestrian Route
  • A recommended activity one of at least 1000 m2, of which a hard surface area should account for 465 m2
  • Suitable space for active play around all installed playground equipment
  • A minimum of 9 different aspects of play are recommended, featuring play items suitable for younger children, as well as more challenging and stimulating activities for older children
  • Adequate seating and bins should be provided

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LAPs, LEAPs and NEAPs

BPC found Redlynch to be extremely approachable, professional and flexible throughout the whole process. And in comparison to other vendors, BPC's view was that they were able to offer considerable "playability" from their range at good value.

BPC would not hesitate to recommend Redlynch.

Victoria Thomas, Parish Clerk, Boldre Parish Council

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for organizing the resurfacing of the Starling play area. The team of Gio and Ionut, who were led by Jon Sparks were highly professional at all times. They adapted and accommodated the changing need of the site and the pupils to work efficiently and safely whilst with us. I would be glad if you could pass on my feedback and thanks to the Redlynch team.

Kelly Silverwood

Thanks for the response as prompt as ever, the service from you folks is first class , thank you for that.

Dorchester Town Council

The new surface is superb, and today when it rained a lot we had no puddling and free drainage, so very happy indeed. Thank you so much.

High Cross Church

Thanks so much for the great work on the new play area, It’s great – they’ve been queueing to use the new birds nest swing!

Redlynch Parish Council

The playground is great, thank you for getting it done on time.

Hindu Temple, London

I really appreciate all you at Redlynch have done - the whole process has been speedy and your communication excellent. I will definitely recommend you, and will come back to you when we have funds for the new path"

Sutton School

Huge Thanks to the Adventure Playground Team that came out to replace our very worn and tired looking soft tarmac. The work was completed within two days, the team were efficient and their work outstanding. The quality is excellent, and the finished two-tone colour looks amazing. Highly recommend this company.

Delyth Meithrinfa Camau Bach Aberystwyth

The site looks brilliant, we’re really pleased with it, and I think you have a fantastic team. It’s always a relief when projects work out well; Redlynch have been an exceptional contractor to work with, I would have no hesitation in recommending you.

Brett Athow Hedge End Town Council

It’s turned out great really pleased , glad the rain stayed away too ! The lads were terrific no hassle and made a fantastic job
Thanks alot

Spratton Hall School

A huge thank you to your team for this morning.
You were all polite, friendly and nothing was too much effort. We would highly recommend you to other customers.
The job looks great!

Puddleducks Pre School

We are delighted with the playground – it looks amazing.
Please thank the team.

St Martins Parish - Jersey

Thank you so much for the great job you and your team have done on the Junior playground- it has been great working with you all. The Head is really pleased as am I, our Estates Team and most importantly the children! It has and will make such a difference to their day.

Royal Alexandra and Albert School
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