East were appointed by Hastings Borough Council to design an adventure playground in a disused industrial site in the Ore Valley.
The Ore Valley Adventure Playground was completed in 2010. The playground building was located in the delapidated Coach House in the southwestern corner of the Ore Valley. Heavily insulated timber rooms were inserted in the refurbished shell, to house facilities including a large kitchen, music and sensory rooms, toilets and changing rooms and a staff room. The outside area will continue to evolve with the community and children’s participation, as a space that children own and are empowered to shape and design.
The associated playground and woodland spaces offer a variety of inclusive play opportunities including places where children can build their own structures with storage containers full of tools and equipment, quiet areas, wild nature areas, water play, a fire pit, slides, zip line, places for digging and making dens. The playground is a truly adventurous and exciting space, dedicated solely to children’s play. All trees were retained on the site, and are made use of for playing and growing food. The design of the building and external spaces was developed by a design team lead by architects East, with young people at Sandown School, Broomgrove Community Centre and The Bridge, after a design team selection process which involved the young users as well as the adult client team.