Transformation: from disused land to a wonderful woodland park!


Client: Pantside Association of Residents and Tenants (PART)

Location: Pantside, Caerphilly, South Wales

Pantside is a small residential area set in the rolling hills of Newbridge in Caerphilly, Wales. This play project came to fruition due to the lack of outdoor play facilities in the village. In October 2018 Pantside Association of Residents and Tenants (PART) secured £250,000 of National Lottery’s Big Lottery funding to install not one, but two new play areas and a multi-use games area (MUGA) for the whole community to enjoy!

Our Area Manager met with the Residents and Tenants Association at the woodland site to discuss the project in detail. Everyone in the community took part in choosing of the equipment that was to be purchased.

Alongside the local youth club, schools and the local church, the group had come up with a design brief that included the installation of inclusive equipment which was one of the main focuses for the community.

The disused space before the play area and multi-use games area installation.

Our Design Team then created a proposed 2D and 3D design and detailed quotation which brought the play area to life! The proposal included the perfect mix of timber and stainless-steel equipment as well as a colourful and subtle Welsh themed wet pour surfacing, providing an exciting fun-packed space for everyone at the heart of the community.

Our 3D design which also includes the projects next phase.

The play area is now packed full of equipment with plenty of play value and includes a Play Tractor, a Little Hamlets Giggleswick Plus, Springers and a Rota Bounce. The installation also has lots of inclusive play equipment including an Inclusive Orbit, Gravity Bowl, sensory play panels and a Jukebox Plus Fusion Plus with inclusive access and wide slide.


Inclusive Orbit, Rota Bounce, Inclusive Team Swing, Junior Swing and Fusion Plus

The colourful themed wet pour safety surfacing enhances any playground for safety, aesthetic and play value reasons. The wet pour design included Welsh themed elements including daffodils, which are the national flower of Wales and a large Red Kite (the national bird of Wales)

Gravity Bowl, Junior Swing with Tango and Cradle Seat and Play Panels

The Residents and Tenants Association has completely transformed what was described as un-used land (previously used to hold mine waste) into a wonderful woodland park and MUGA.

The weather could have been better, but it didn’t dampen the fun and excitement of the children at the official opening of the new playground. The park – which has another phase to be completed when more funding is secured – is the result of a community effort, with contributions from residents of all ages.

The finished Woodland Park against the rolling hills and scenic woodland!


A great turn out for the open day!

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