- Auckland, New Zealand
Playground Centre was privileged to be a part of the Diocesan School for Girls’ project to create a play space which embodies the school’s belief that education should be “an adventure involving creativity, imagination and discovery”.
A stylish, contemporary play space, it features an abundance of development-rich equipment carefully selected to match the school’s commitment to best educational practice and providing opportunities for learning and growth both inside and outside the classroom.
Inspired by the school’s beautiful architecture and progressive learning philosophy, we created a bespoke playground for students, who range in age from just three to 18 years and include day as well as boarding students.
A significant proportion of the equipment was designed exclusively for the space by Playground Centre to maximise the range of play options on offer, and set the scene for a fun, creative and adventurous play experience.
The focal point of the playground is a large custom-built, multi-tiered tower which is connected to a smaller tower via rope bridge. The main tower has a myriad of entry and exit points facilitated by an exciting combination of structures – a wave climber, curved tunnel and chute slides, and a unique, caged external climbing tube. All of these have been designed to motivate the girls to challenge themselves and each other to test their courage, strength and agility and explore different ways to move up and around the tower.
The voyage of discovery continues on the ground level with a nature course which features balance and climbing activities, including a custom log course. Nestled in the shade of a large tree, the nature course also includes basket seats, where the girls can chill out and chat about their hopes, dreams and aspirations, or just pause to plan out their next playtime move.
Three different types of musical instruments, including Conga Drums and , were also installed as a balance to the more physically demanding playground elements.