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Asif Khan unwraps timber playground

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Asif Khan has unveiled this elevated playground at Chisenhale Primary School in Bow, East London 


The ratimber deck is connected to the ground by a hill and two slides and was created to increase the schools play space without reducing the outdoor area required for PE.

The design was created after a six-month-long consultation process with children at the school who said they wanted somewhere to run, climb, hide, rest and chat with friends.

Built from thermally modified tulipwood slatted panels with a deck structure of modified ash, the 2.2m-tall deck is lifted above rubber landscaping.

Asif Khan, said: ‘We designed an inside and outside space where the kids can invent their own play. This terrain is composed of two elements – a soft rubber landscape culminating in a steep hill and an elevated semi–‐enclosed timber space. The slides and rope nets bridge the vertical. The plan stimulates the kids to move, but also creates quiet spaces where they can rest. In this simple structure we’ve seen so much variety of play created by the children.’

Head teacher Helen James, added: ‘This is such an exciting place to be for the children. In terms of material the wood fits in so much with what we do at the school with education about being environmentally responsible.’

Asif Khan's playground at Chisenhale Primary School

Asif Khan’s playground at Chisenhale Primary School

Source: Helene Binet

Project data

Location Chisenhale Primary School, East London
Type of project Education
Client Chisenhale Primary School
Architect Asif Khan
Structural engineer AKT II
Main contractor Aldworth James and Bond (timber fabrication and installation), Duncan & Grove (ground works and playground equipment), M&M architectural (steel fabrication and installation)
Start on site date September 2015
Completion date February 2016
Contract duration N/A
Gross internal floor area 35m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional
Total cost confidential

Asif Khan's playground at Chisenhale Primary School

Asif Khan’s playground at Chisenhale Primary School

Source: Helene Binet

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