Playground Equipment – Alexandra Road Park
Location: Camden, London
Client: LB Camden
Architect: Erect Architecture
Design – Erect Architecture developed the play scheme for Alexandra Road Park. They developed it to RIBA stage H. The drawings and specification were then sent out as part of the tender package to main contractors with the specification naming a list of approved play contractors. Ground Control won the main contract and they in turn appointed Duncan & Grove. Erect Architecture provided Duncan & Grove with a series of PDF drawings, a 3D Rhino Model and an Engineering drawing. Duncan & Grove took this and produced its own 3D model in order to conduct its own checks that the structure would work and was EN1176 compliant. Issues that were identified were resolved by liaising with the Play inspector, Engineer, Architect and Main contractor.
Manufacture – Duncan & Grove provided it’s steel fabricators with its 3D model. Using this the steel fabricators were able to fabricate accurately. Duncan & Grove conducted weekly visits to the steel fabricators to ensure the structure was being fabricated as per the drawings and to a high standard. Once ready the steel was hot dip galvanised and powder coated. The nets were manufactured off site.
Installation – Due to access restrictions a spider crane was used to lift the steel triangles into place. Site welding was required to install the monkey bars and a few supporting braces. The timber elements were then installed along with the pre-fabricated nets and slide. Once complete our approved Play inspector conducted a final visit and issued us with a certified play report stating the playground is safe and fit for public use.
Aftercare – Duncan & Grove returned after 12 months to undertake snagging as part of the end of defects period. This involves checking for any loose fixings, sharp edges and general wear and tear. This is a relatively low maintenance structure due to it being made of galvanised steel and sealed with powder coat. Chipped paint needs touching up to increase longevity. The nets will wear quickest. Duncan & Grove offer a 1-year warranty on nets, but they can be expected to last up to 5 years depending on usage. Nets are manufactured in house using wire reinforced polypropylene rope, aluminium ferrules and stainless-steel fixings. Nets are installed so they can be easily removed for repair. Duncan & Grove have a mobile press so can conduct on site repairs if necessary.