Designing a Bespoke Playground For Schools – Top Tips

From the surfacing material to the finishing touches, there are plenty of considerations when getting school playground surfacing. We’ve got a step-by-step process to help you get your unique playground project off the ground, and have a better grasp of what’s involved.

Get a site survey with the experts

Your first port of call should be to find a local surfacing contractor who specialises in playgrounds. By calling them out for a free site survey, they can take a good look at your site. If you already have a surface in place but want improvements or a resurface, they can decide the best course of action. They will listen to your requirements and take onboard the unique requirements of your site. With their expert advice, you can make the right choice on surfacing material and drainage solutions.

Know your options

Knowing which surfacing materials are best for your play area is important. The age range of the children, size of the playground and use of each area will be taken into consideration.

For play areas with apparatus that are used by younger children, soft pour rubber is often recommended. This is because it absorbs impacts from trips and falls to minimise the risk of injury. However, by far the most common playground surfacing material is medium textured asphalt which is hard-wearing and affordable.

To separate different areas or to help define boundaries, you can also choose from a selection of coloured asphalt.


Drainage is an essential component for playground surfacing. Having too much surface water can become a health and safety hazard. We’ll talk you through the drainage options, and impart our professional advice to help you choose the right options for your play areas.

Line markings and surface designs

This is where you can be truly creative. When it comes to line markings and surface paintings, the options are endless. From playground games to sports markings and pathway markers, we will work with you to achieve a fully bespoke playground surface that is practical and presentable.

Contact the team at A&MT today to arrange your free site survey and get your bespoke playground project off the ground. We’ll listen carefully to your requirements and ensure you’re 100% happy with the finished product.