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Marshalls plc, the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer, has launched a new hybrid safety paving - PlayPave. Blending the robustness and durability of a Marshalls’ concrete paving slab with a 25mm top layer of rubber, the company has created the perfect solution for a safe protective surface that requires no costly specialist installation or maintenance processes throughout its lifecycle.
The new Marshalls PlayPave range is available in a myriad of exciting and vibrant colours to stimulate children’s sensory experiences. It is supported by a suite of standard graphic packages including hopscotch, shapes, numbers and letters to encourage outdoor learning opportunities and promote physical exercise; a series of the graphics support the Government’s 5-A-Day campaign. The images of food can then be incorporated into an exciting, creative outdoor learning activity promoting healthy eating along with play.
Marshalls PlayPave range includes a bespoke graphics service. This enables Clients to create a tailor-made innovative surface design to complement their scheme. PlayPave can also be shaped (to order) to fit around play equipment and street furniture to ensure a clean, aesthetic installation.
Supplied initially in a 450x450x57mm plan size with a chamfered edge, installing PlayPave is no different to any traditional paving flag method. This method negates the need for a specialist protective surface installation company and drives down the cost especially on colour heavy schemes.
PlayPave is available in three unique propositions: Smooth – for the functional application; Textured – that creates a richer deep surface aesthetic and Flecked - a vibrant multicolour textured surface.
The rubber surface is guaranteed to be a constant depth which cannot always be ensured with certain other protective surface products in the market. This means full compliance to PlayPave’s 600mm Critical Fall Height (CFH) is met at all times keeping children safe as they play and learn. This is supported by PlayPave’s excellent wear, slip/skid resistance and durability qualities.
If maintenance is required in areas of exceptional activity during the course of its life, the cost of uplift and reinstallation of PlayPave is simple and minimal in cost when compared to the alternative wet pour product.
PlayPave’s unique benefits are ideally suited for nurseries, primary schools and public parks where an impact absorbing surface is beneficial or required.
Marshalls donated its first PlayPave product to The Centrepoint Garden that was exhibiting at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2007 recently. Centrepoint is the leading charity in the UK helping homeless and socially excluded young people to rebuild their lives. Many have escaped cruel pasts or have fallen into the trap of addiction. Centrepoint provides a home, as well as training opportunities to help build new firm foundations for the future.
Steve Reddington, Product Manager, Marshalls said: “To support Centrepoint in its mission to create their RHS Show Garden and future development has been a privilege. The Garden embodies all their young people’s wishes to help create the perfect environment. Play is a vital component of this development; helping bind people and communities together. Marshalls PlayPave ensures that this experience is enjoyed in a safe space.”
The donated Marshalls PlayPave is now to be sited permanently at one of Centrepoint’s hostel gardens. This will form the basis of a much-needed makeover and be part of the process to help build the new futures.
Marshalls is committed to ensure that tomorrow’s Play landscapes are creative and fun, and offer a safe environment which children now and in future generations can enjoy.