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Stepps Play Area

Client North Lanarkshire Council
Value £158,000
Location Lanarkshire


The tender for the Stepps Play Area was awarded via open tender process on PCS. The brief for the project surrounded the enhancement of play provision within Stepps Park. This included the removal of existing outdated equipment; installation of sand play elements and a hammock item within the footprint of the former play space.

Additional play features were introduced in close proximity to the former, and a timber tree house structure was built, with towers of varying heights linked by bridges. The tree house also has a slide and scramble nets, a double cableway and a swing bay with two regular, one cradle and one inclusive hammock-type seats.

A junior bike track was built and a large ‘fallen’ tree was placed as an additional play feature. All necessary ground shaping and associated safety surfacing works, the provision of paths, timber decking, litter bins, seating and planting services were carried out to the clients specification.

As this project was externally funded, the Friends of Stepps had a lot of input into the works progression and were in constant contact with the site team. 

This resulted in a hands-on approach and combined design effort from the Council and Covanburn. Our past experience with play areas enabled us to assist them in creating a fun and safe environment for the local children to play in.


Main works:

  • Site set up
  • Carry out excavations to required depths
  • Import required fill sub-bases
  • Installation of natural play elements
  • Installation of kerbing & timber edging
  • Formation of mounds
  • Creation of bike track and timber features throughout
  • Supply and lay safety surfacing (grass matting, and play sand) to required depths in line with critical fall height (CFH) requirements
  • Carry out minor planting works and turf
  • Remedial works (changes recommended from report)

Upon completion of the play area, all equipment had to be inspected to ensure it met the following compliance standards:

  • CFH and corresponding British standard such as BS EN 1176:2008 Parts 1-11 (Playground equipment and surfacing)
  • BS EN 14974 (Facilities for users of roller sports equipment)
  • BS EN 15312 (Free access multi-sports equipment)

As the project design and equipment were bespoke, a number of design issues were identified and rectified free of charge by Covanburn.


When the project was close to completion, Covanburn arranged a planting day for the Friends of Stepps and donated bluebells for them to plant to involve them in the installation process, and increase the pride in what they had helped to create.


8 weeks duration

Covanburn arranged a planting day for the "Friends of Stepps" who planted bulbs to enhance the surrounding area
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