Browne Brothers have recently completed the installation of an Outdoor Gym for Cork County Council located at Kinsale, County Cork. The equipment installed is from our hugely popular Stainless Steel range and is ideally suited to this location which is located adjacent to saltwater. The equipment consists of both dynamic and static exercise items and will be a great addition to the facilities in Kinsale.
Why Are Playgrounds So Important?
In addition to improving the social and physical aspects of a child’s life, playgrounds also give children a sense of independence. They allow them to recognise their abilities and interests, and can increase creativity and a child’s willingness or ability to learn.
Browne Brothers offer a solution for a common problem that golf club greenkeepers encounter with dirty sand in bunkers.
Over time the sand in golf course bunkers become dirty and discoloured as a result of rainfall and the accumulation of soil particles.
How does the bunker rubber layer work?
The rubber layer installed in sand bunkers increase the allows rainwater to easily drain away which prevents dirt accumulating on the sand surface.
“We have found it improves all round bunker drainage and keeps the sand playable all year round. It also helps prevent wash downs. I would highly recommend this product to any club thinking of doing a bunker renovation project. We had it installed on the Monday and the bunker was in play the next day”. Dave Curren, Greenkeeper, Old Conna Golf Club Bray
Get more information on this solution to bunker problems
Contact Browne Brothers site surfaces team today on (087) 6293916 for more information on rubber resin surfaces for your golf course.
We recently finished a new playground in Edenmore Dublin. The project was completed on behalf of Spraoi Linn, which consisted of excavation, planning the layout and installing the playground equipment for the new community playground.
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When constructing a new playground, choosing the type of surface to install is an issue that must be considered at the planning stage of a new construction.
Two things to consider will be children’s safety and the appearance of the surface depending on its application.
Below are a few options of surfaces that can be installed in playgrounds with safety in mind to minimise the potential risk of injury to children.
Suitable surfaces for playgrounds include
Rubber wetpour surfaces are one of the most popular forms of surfaces for children’s playground constructions. The surface type is extremely durable and is designed for safety. Rubber wetpour is available in several different colours and it attractive to look at. A benefit of this type of surface is that it is easy to install in existing playgrounds.
Soft rubber mulch
Soft rubber mulch is a recycled bonded rubber mulch that is designed for use in playgrounds and can be laid over existing surfaces and around installed playground equipment. Like rubber wetpour, rubber mulch is available in a wide range of colours. The material is also a cost effective solution for installation in new constructions.
As a similar material to rubber wetpour, rubber tiles offer minimal risk to the safety for children in play areas. The pre-moulded tile can be easily installed and come in various different colours to create playground surface designs.
Safety grass is a grass mat for paths and play surfaces. It is a safety surface that can absorb shocks and minimises risks associated with common play areas.
Resin bound stone
Coloured resin bound stone can be used for driveways and paths to and from playgrounds. Resin bound stone is a hard wearing compound with non-slip characteristics making it a popular type of surface for public locations. The compound is also available in a variety of different colours to provide a unique aesthetic appearance.
The available children’s playground safety surfaces are all durable in nature and can be easily maintained.
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If you are looking to design a community playground or wish to resurface a playground, contact our Browne Brothers site surfaces team today on (087) 6293916 to find out more about the leading products we design, supply and install.
There are a number of factors that should be considered when designing a new playground. Issues from location, to costs, to the end users and safety must all be considered. The following considerations are some of the most common decisions that must be made when building a new playground.
Choosing a location for a public playground is important for a number of reasons. If the playground is to be built for the benefit of a community, the location is important so that it will easily assessed to all. A location that is central to the community will benefit people the most from the new utility.
Deciding on the size of the playground
Deciding on the size of the site is an issue that must be dealt with in the planning phase. In built up urban areas there may be restrictions on the size of the site. In rural areas there may be less restrictions however environmental issues such as building near rivers or lakes must be looked at. whether or not to construct a car park on the site must also be addressed.
Accessibility and the intended end users
At the planning stage, who the intended users of the playground must be considered. For example, will the playground have equipment and apparatuses to accommodate small infants 3-5 years old, children 6-12, and/or Teenagers 13+, or will it be suitable for people of all ages. It is also important to design the playground for disabled access, so that the community as a whole can benefit from the new utility.
The equipment and surface installation
Choosing the playground equipment is an important factor at the planning stage. This stage includes choosing what playground apparatus will be installed and what surfaces will be installed. Choosing the most appropriate surface to install is important for child safety. Rubber wetpour and rubber tiles are common types of surfaces that are suitable for installation in playgrounds. Both types of surfaces are ideal for playgrounds because they are durable, attractive and designed specifically for safety and to minimise risk of injury.
Playground funding information
Funding is an issue for most community projects and this is no different for constructing a playground. From time to time grant schemes come available for community developments and in cases playground specific grants.
Choosing workmen for the construction
Choosing a site services company who have trained and qualified team members who specialise in Playground construction are ideal to complete the required task. Playground construction specialists will cater to the needs of the client and install the most appropriate materials.
Safety and Inspections
Before a playground can be opened to the public, it must be inspected by ROSPA. ROSPA is an independent body who carry out safety inspections for Local authorities and community groups. Such inspections will ensure that the new playground will meet the necessary safety standards.
Public playgrounds will experience general wear and tear over time and in some cases become damaged and/or vandalised. Playground maintenance is important in order to keep the utility safe for its users and keep its aesthetic appearance. General maintenance can extend the life of a playground and prevent costly equipment replacement.
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This is a recent playground project for Spraoi Linn which we developed in Brackenstown Road, Swords, Co. Dublin.
The project consisted of clearing the green site, preparing the layout and installing the new children’s playground.
Below are some photographs taken during construction.
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Browne Brothers recently completed Corks’ first public allotments in Ballincollig Co. Cork. The project was funded by Cork County Council in conjunction with South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) and Ballincollig Tidy Towns.