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Project information

Funky new adventure playground

We would like to give a facelift to our one of our existing play structures to encourage children to explore, experiment and use their imagination. By adding a treehouse/lookout, swings, climbing ropes, ladders and seating, children can create their own fun 7 days a week.

The new play structure will take 2 months to build

Charity information: Calthorpe Project

Calthorpe Project logo
  • Need


    Everyone will acknowledge that play is one of the most important ways for children to learn and develop. They can investigate and discover, test their theories, form relationships and develop social roles. Many inner city green spaces can be intimidating for children with large numbers of dogs and some anti-social people.


    Outdoor play helps children get used to physical exercise while learning team building skills and cooperation. It enhances self esteem, in terms of exploring and testing boundaries and of taking and managing risks.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a unique play space which is free for children to use


    » Build an adventure playground

    What success will look like

    Success will be local children enjoying creating play activities and meeting friends in a child friendly environment

  • Impact


    Children will learn more social skills and grow up happier and healthier


    It is vital that we take into account issues of health and safety so children and parents can be assured that the equipment is safe to play on. We plan to work with an experienced architect who has planned and designed playgrounds elsewhere.


    With signed permission from parents, we will photograph children using the play structure and compile case studiies to demonstrate the difference the project is making.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 site works to remove current play structure and excavate area
      £2,500 new materials purchase new timber and equipment for play structure
      £5,500 design and build architects fees and building costs
  • Background


    Kings Cross is undergoing some major changes in the next few years. At the Calthorpe Project, we plan to ensure that children feel there is always somewhere special for them to play.


    Last year we registered 209 children, 65% of whom receive free school meals. The ethnic breakdown includes 34% Bangladeshi, 31% white British, 24% African, 4% Latin American, 3% Chinese and 4% Caribbean.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We provide a number of activites and facilities for children including holiday and weekend play activities, school visits and after school sports and dance sessions. Our many regular visitors will enjoy the added benefits of an adventure playground and we hope many more new visitors.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Staff And Management

    The staff and management will carry out a consultation with local children and parents to ensure we get extensive local imput into the project.