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    Environmental School Play Ground

    Environmental School Play Ground

    Were almost finished building a International primary school the grounds are superb and the original house on the grounds which as been renovated looks fantastic situated on 3.5 rai with a sea view obviously with mature gardens and lots of tree's.

    The back of the school building (new one) has got a large play area which the owners want me to concrete and the more i think about it, it's the wrong thing to do and I have also done a little research into school play area's.

    The thing about concrete or asphalt it bakes in the heat and also lots of accidents at school are caused in the play ground, the kids are not as tough as the were when I was at school.

    My research as lead me to the the ideas of building a environmentally friendly play ground so when the kids look out of the classrooms they see something pleasing to the eye.

    At the moment it would look like one big square concrete slab, wonderful!

    Any guys had experience of doing something like this? also I would be interested in any feed back from parents with kids at this age group 5 to 11.

    One thing I would like to make a feature is a nice size fish pond I find most kids are interested in different fish I've got a bit of experience now with fish ponds I think also they can learn about the environment.

    Thanks, FR

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    ^Kids drown in water, that may give the school a bad name, stick grass down for the kids.

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    Infact I can't remember how many of these sort of jobs I have turned down in the past, from playgrounds to swings etc, aint having no kiddies death on my conscience because they never done yearly checks or whatever.

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    Hi FR,

    Sounds like a great project.

    Sand is good, grass is great. If you've got the money you can get safety surfacing which is made from recycled car tyre rubber. But it's bloody expensive. Well it is in Aus.

    There are various astro turfs available nowadays which are children friendly however, given the cost of labour in Thailand I'd have thought real grass, maybe cooch grass or the like, a decent irrigation system and a little lady with scissors.

    Some sand pit areas and also sand under and around any play ground equipment you may have.

    Water features are great but obviously present there own dangers for little kids.

    A child can drown in 2 inches of water.

    Good luck with your project, mate. It sounds very worthwhile.

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    Oh, and plenty of shade.



    http://ntsyntheticsurfacing.com.au/

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    its something that would make a great 1st or 2nd year architecture student assignment.
    if there is a university near by that has that sylabus then contact someone and put the proposal to them, offer a small prize for the chosen design, which can be picked by the kids/ parents/ teachers etc.

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    i havnt looked at it too deep but there may be some ideas here

    Find School Architects, Building Products and K-12 Design Ideas | School Designer

    theres a good section on outdoor areas

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    That was one of my thoughts given the sun comes up one side and goes down the other was to make lots of shaded areas otherwise the kids will not want to go play.

    We can move some other palm tree's were we need to build a drive way

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    Glad someone else doesn't like concrete, this is about as enviro freindly as it gets.



    As it's also an international school, they may be willing to offer some advice. We visited back 09, pretty amazing place.
    Here's the link http://www.greenschool.org/2010/08/1...school-parent/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson
    Glad someone else doesn't like concrete, this is about as enviro freindly as it gets.



    As it's also an international school, they may be willing to offer some advice. We visited back 09, pretty amazing place.
    Here's the link http://www.greenschool.org/2010/08/1...school-parent/

    and also had some trouble too, bridge fell down, unsafe building etc.

    more info here

    Green School Bali

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Wilson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson
    Glad someone else doesn't like concrete, this is about as enviro freindly as it gets.



    As it's also an international school, they may be willing to offer some advice. We visited back 09, pretty amazing place.
    Here's the link http://www.greenschool.org/2010/08/1...school-parent/

    and also had some trouble too, bridge fell down, unsafe building etc.

    more info here

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    After a quick glance through that forum, I could only find unsubstantiated allegations from a disgruntled contractor. If there is any evidence of what your saying, pls post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson
    I could only find unsubstantiated allegations from a disgruntled contractor. If there is any evidence of what your saying, pls post.
    Hit a nerve have I ?

    It's been awhile since I read that thread, but I recall several parents, teachers and other posters corroborating the stories as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Wilson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson
    I could only find unsubstantiated allegations from a disgruntled contractor. If there is any evidence of what your saying, pls post.
    Hit a nerve have I ?

    It's been awhile since I read that thread, but I recall several parents, teachers and other posters corroborating the stories as well.
    The other poster critizing the school were talking about academic/admin issues.

    You haven't hit a nerve, I'm genuinely interested in any structural problems with the school, if you have any info pls post.

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