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Playground redevelopment 2015

PROJECT FINALLY NEARS COMPLETION

The governors, parents, children and friends of Soho Parish have spent the last three years fundraising to redevelop our playground.  With no public funds available, we are proud that we have finally raised enough to make the project a reality!  

With the upper deck, wendy house and main gate now completed, we are hopeful that the netting structure will be open within the next few weeks.

Here are a few photos to whet your appetite in the meantime.

Jungle netting under the deckingTrap door from upper deck to the jungle netting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A NEW ENTRANCE, TOO

Our entrance has also been completely redesigned, presenting an attractive, fresh street façade.  As well as enhancing the look of the area, it also ensures that we are no longer hidden away behind black gates but are a visible part of our community once more.

Old gates vs. new look !

Old 'prison' gates

New front elevation at night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONEY RAISED TO DATE    

£270,000 Phase 3
£250,000  
£230,000 Phase 1&2
£210,000 Yes
£200,000 Yes
£180,000 Yes
£160,000 Yes
£140,000 Yes
£120,000 Yes
£100,000 Yes
£80,000 Yes
£60,000 Yes
£40,000 Yes
£20,000 Yes 

To understand why we've invested in a new playground and how it will improve educational outcomes, please see below or click here for a factsheet.

 

Soho Parish rainbow flag

WHY WE MATTER TO SOHO

Part of what attracts residents, businesses and millions of visitors to Soho is its ‘village’ feel in the centre of a great city. As the only school in Soho, we believe that we have an important role to play - providing jobs, enabling families to live in the area and enriching the community by providing a focal point to bring it together. Above all though, we want to offer an outstanding educational experience for our children, most of whom live in our 'village'. 

 

WHY ARE WE FUNDRAISING ?

Soho children have almost nowhere to play outside. The closest park (St James’) has little provision for primary school children, none of the local squares have any play equipment and there are no slides in the whole parish!  Consequently our children (and others who use it such as those from the Soho Family Centre) depend on our tiny playground to explore, keep fit and play.

Unfortunately our playground is no longer fit for purpose and needs redevelopment if it is to be effective.  We recently had to remove our old wooden play structures which were rotting and unusable in wet weather. 

 

REDEVELOPMENT PLANS

The redevelopment adds an extra storey to our playground, along with vertical climbing areas and a cargo net suspended under the decking, increasing its usable area by c. 60%.

Redevelopment - plain render

Deck use

The upper storey provides a teaching and learning area, as well as extra playtime space, with far greater greenery and areas for quiet play, allowing us to have more children outside at a time.

The new playground will also contain a huge variety of play opportunities we don’t currently have.

Mud kitchen and cargo netting

 

 

 

As well as some fixed features such as a sandpit, and a Wendy house, our design company Jane’s Pond has also incorporated a series of built-in storage boxes for ‘loose parts’; as they write: these can be manipulated by the children to provide an endless variety of play opportunities”.

 

 

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