Transformation Of Landscaping To Child Care Centre.
The brief for commercial landscaping this Adelaide child care centre was to transform and upgrade the outside, providing a safe and aesthetically pleasing area for toddlers to play.
The project had to incorporate a sand pit, digging patch, paths, decking and some sensory attributes with lots of colour and organic components as well as being functional for both children and staff.
The child care centre landscaping consisted of the following works:
Removal of old turf, pebbles, sand pit and gardens and dumping of all waste.
The fitting of new drainage for surface water and agricultural–drains for sub surface water under the sand pit and digging patch, back filled with 14mm free draining gravel and filter fabric so as not to clog the system.
Construction of a new sand pit using timber sleepers covered with synthetic turf and filled with a fine grade play pit sand.
Construction of an organic deck, to edge of sand pit and step, to front of shed using 19 x 90mm Merbau timber slats which were also cleaned with Reviva and oiled to bring out the beauty of the natural timber.
The installation of 75mm aluminium link edge edging to border gardens, paths and digging patch.
Kapunda bluestone was used to decorate various areas and create seats and stepping rocks.
A meandering path was constructed to link the deck with the digging patch and consisted of rubber granules mixed with an epoxy binder, fine crushed gravel and cobblestone pavers laid on a concrete base and joints grouted with Geo-fix.
Hardwood log rounds and sleepers were used as steppers to entrances of the sand pit and digging patches.
Cypress pine logs were used as seating around the sand pit and garden.
A digging patch constructed using washed sandy loam.
New Burnside synthetic turf was laid which included a soft fall area which was achieved by using foam matting under the synthetic turf, complying with industry standards.
New garden beds were built which incorporated gypsum to break up the heavy clay, organic loam and organic mulch.
Planting’s consisting of Acacia Cognata, Adenanthos, Correa, Cordyline’s, Dianella’s, Diete’s, Phormium’s, Ficinea, Alpinea and Asplenium.
Powdercoated tubular fencing and gates were installed with child-proof magna latches to separate the various areas.
Child Care Centre Landscaping Notes:
The ‘Burnside’ artificial grass from Visual Landscape Gardening is 30% cooler to touch due to infrared reflective technology than standard artificial grasses, making it ideal for child care centres.
Incorporating low maintenance commercial landscaping elements into the design dramatically reduces maintenance costs and are better equipped to handle the wear and tear from children.
The final result!