Tumbling Bay, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
This new park has been developed with several housing blocks requiring a community hub. The responsibility for developing this key space was opened as a competition, with several landscape firms battling to win the prestigious tender. LUC were successful, working with erect architecture to deliver a social core to the park.
The Playscape: The concept behind the development of the café and play area is based upon concepts of succession and lifecycles.
The Tumbling Bay play area includes extensive sand and water play. The benefits of this kind of provision is they appeal to a wide age range and nurture communication between children, as they work together to move the sand or pump and transport the water. The waterplay area was created to reference many different types of waterway, through a series of rivulets, channels and canals all created within the surface. These are fed from several water pumps, with locks and gates throughout the system.
The landscaping is a huge part of the success of the play area, with banks, loose fill surfacing, as well as wheelchair friendly resin bonded mulch, carefully selected plants to demonstrate the ecology theme and sculptural elements. There are also several ‘germinating’ willow pods, with plans to create a willow store so that children can create their own dens.
Timberplay provided a number of pieces of equipment for the Tumbling Bay play area, including water elements, platform huts, climbing ropes, tunnel slide, balance blocks and jumping discs. The play areas also include two Atlantida drinking fountains to ensure that playing children have refreshment on tap.
Timberplay Equipment: Climbing ropes, platform hut and small platform hut with ladder, tunnel slide, balance blocks, rotating beam, jumping discs, water transport system, lock gate.
Landscaping: Extensive, including Sand play, water play, willow pods, grass mounds.
Surfacing: Sand, rubber chips.
Joanne Sheridan, Head of Marketing at Timberplay comments:-
“Tumbling Bay demonstrates a jaw-dropingly fantastic approach to play design, with sand, water and bespoke play elements coming together to create a holistic and challenging play space that will delight the children lucky enough to experience it. LUC has created some incredible spaces over the years and we are very proud that it chose to work with Timberplay and include Richter products in what can only be described as some of the best play areas in the UK.”
- Tumbling Bay, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
- Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
- United Kingdom
- E20 1EJ