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Edith Philipsen (Head Teacher Smithy Street Primary School) Nov 2012

I was delighted to find and choose Theories Playscapes Ltd to work with in order to develop a whole playground solution for our school. Theories stood out easily from their competitors in terms of creative play design experience and project management expertise, offering a comprehensive bespoke design and build package that saw the project through from the very first meeting to last bolt tightening, all the while consulting and liaising effectively.

Theories helped us comprehensively and imaginatively re-think the whole of the outdoor play spaces, dealing with both the physical environment as well as management issues we were experiencing, such as some challenging lunch time behaviour. We have found playtime behaviour greatly improved since so many new activities and play features were introduced and the tarmac expanse broken up into smaller and more attractive and intimate play areas with different inherent characteristics and purposes. The children in Smithy Street primary have repeatedly commented on their delight with their new play environment.

We continue to work with Theories to tweak and develop new play solutions as they are required.

  • 1 Playground and Playscape design in London

    We are passionate about improving the quality of all children's play.
  • 2 Creative Solutions

    Each project is fresh and unique to your particular circumstances and ambitions.
  • 2 More Play, More places to play, Better Play

    We seek to develop play opportunities everywhere.
  • 2 Play for Play sake

    The freedom to un-adulterated and unfettered play is every child's delight.
  • 2 Play integrates social, physical and emotional needs

    For healthier, happier and better be-haved children.
  • 2 Natural Play and play naturally

    Reconnecting with our environment through play.
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 Trail Play

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 Water Play

Mud and water are a play opportunity? What’s wrong with worn grassed areas or a puddle. Its still only earth and water after all? A problem of managing floor cleaning may not be reason enough to put half the playground out of bounds? A fear of parental complaints about dirty clothes should not prevent children have dirty play. Playing on...

Theories Landscapes have designed and built many nursery, early years, and children’s centre play spaces. We’ve been at it for more than 25 years and it’s what we do best. In an era of tight budgets, and scarce funds, we work hard to find the greatest return on any investment. We can structure our projects in phased works to ease the financial...
 Princess May Nursery

The Nursery approached Theories to redesign the whole of the outside spaces to create an engaging and exciting play area for the children. The design incorporated climbing features and slide that bridged between the flat tarmac playground and a raised muddy area beneath the trees and along the street front that had little use but great potential....

Theories Landscapes design and build playgrounds for the imagination. A partnership of inspiration between us and you and your children. Greener, softer, multifunctioning playful spaces: a touchstone for creativity.


One playground with more play potential. See your children work with playground designers and builders, artists and sculptors conservationists and horticulturalists to create the playground you want.


All at once or project by project as funding allows, bring better play into your children's lives. Watch their creativity put out new shoots as participation empowers and develops self-confidence.


Places for sitting, chatting, studying, gardening, jumping, climbing, caring, laughing, playing loudly or quietly. Sunny places, shady places, safe places. They are all part of the activity called ‘play’.


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