From un-safe and rusty - to 'fit for purpose' school trampoline

10ft above ground trampoline with retaining wall in school playground

Posted by Sonia Lowde on

The Maiden Erlegh Comprehensive Secondary School in Maidenhead needed a solution to replace an old above ground trampoline that they had sunk into the ground using a brick built retaining wall. 

As the original trampoline was a standard domestic-use trampoline it had perished and become unsafe to use. 

The school approached Playgrade Trampolines (Capital Play Group) to provide and install a suitable replacement utilising the exiting hole and retaining wall. 

The proposal

The school had previously sunk an above ground 10ft trampoline into the playground of the school.

However as this was not a purpose-built “schools and commercial use” trampoline it soon degraded and needed replacing.

As they had already dug a cylindrical hole and had a strong retaining wall installed the only options was to replace it with another above ground trampoline (rather than an in-ground trampoline).

The installation

When the old trampoline was removed it was apparent that the hole had not been lined with any weed membrane to prevent weeds from forming, which meant there was quite a lot of vegetation at the bottom of the hole. We rectified this by installing a soakaway (to encourage drainage of the hole) and lined the hole with a permeable weed membrane.

Once the old trampoline was removed, the new “schools” one was installed and a rubber edging was installed around the edge of the trampoline to ensure there was no gap between the edge of the excavated hole and the trampoline itself.

The end result

The school were delighted with their new trampoline and were pleased they now had a “fit for purpose” piece of play equipment.

August 2019
Sonia

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