Breezefree set to task improving this children’s play area with the implementation of functional and colourful screens. The safety screens would also act as an effective barrier against sound and the water from the play area’s fountains.
A local council had identified problems with excessive noise and stray water at the site, and needed a solution that would also be safe for children to enjoy. The underground water pipes needed to be avoided, and as the wet area was only used for half of the year, the solution needed to be removable.
The client had originally requested polycarbonate panels, but agreed to Breezefree’s suggestion of a screen system made from toughened and laminated glass, as it would provide a much better sound barrier. Also, if subjected to a high impact the toughened glass would simply shatter into small pieces and remain in place until replaced, rather than coming away in large, dangerous shards.
The screen brackets were custom made to angles that would fit the curved edge of the site. Vinyl transfers were designed by Breezefree to reflect the design of the play area, and without anything that could be used as a target for footballs! The transfers also needed to provide visibility through the screen for monitoring child safety, and to deter anti-social behaviour by teenagers behind it.
The result is a fun backdrop of glass screens in ground sockets that effectively reduce noise and the likelihood of water escaping the play area, while remaining removable in colder months.