Barking Riverside Play Hill

Barking Riverside Limited

About the Project

We were commissioned by Barking Riverside Ltd to engage with local residents in the design of a large new playground being built in the heart of this new housing development in east London.

We held a number of pop-ups in the area with our creation "The Mobile Cardboard Play Factory" to engage families with the idea of play. We also carried out co-design workshops in the local school and nursery and took a large group of local residents to the Olympic Park on a fun "playground study trip" to see and test out some of the exciting play equipment they have implemented there.

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Timeline

June - October 2015

Our Tools & Approach

We created a playable, interactive structure called "The Mobile Cardboard Play Factory" to spark curiosity, prompt conversation about play and offer a variety of play types and activities to get kids and parents thinking about what they would like to see in the new playground. The components could be used individually or slotted together and spelled out the word "PLAY". We took the Play Factory to a nursery as well as "popping-up" at local family events which proved a great success.

We also carried out co-design workshops in the local school and nursery to get children engaging hands-on with ideas about their dream playground and took a large group of local residents to the Olympic Park on a fun "playground study trip" to see and test out some of the exciting play equipment there.