Prospect Park Playground

DCM Surfaces recently completed work on one of the largest construction projects in Europe – the redevelopment of Prospect Park Playground at the legendary Battersea Power Station.

Prospect Park takes inspiration from the power station’s iconic chimneys and brickwork patterns and was designed to be a vision of colour. The playground features areas suitable for all ages, allowing children to discover fun new climbable elements as they get older.

Careys Construction were the successful bidders for the contract, and following a rigorous selection process based on quality, cost and Health and Safety, DCM Surfaces were selected to install the synthetic surfacing for the playground.

As part of the redevelopment scheme, DCM installed over 500m2 of Wetpour at various depths and colours. DCM worked very closely with the contractor and architect to ensure that the ground was correctly prepared prior to installation, and that suitable Wetpour RAL colours were used to blend in with the surrounding architecture.

Wetpour provided a soft, impact absorbing layer, as well as achieving the maximum 3m Critical Fall Height that was required around the timber play equipment. Eight colours of Wetpour were used with aliphatic binder to create the colourful surfaces around the play equipment area and ensure there would be no discolouration of the play area over time.

One of the key challenges DCM faced working on the largest construction site in Europe related to logistics. All haulage vehicles entering the site were required to be FORS Gold, and a ticketing system for the entry of deliveries often resulted in materials being held for long periods in the queuing system.

Regardless of the delays in material deliveries, the installation took place within the tight time frame allocated.

The Mayor of Wandsworth, who officially opened the new children’s playground, said:

“I would like to congratulate all those involved in delivering this exciting outdoor space, which is a great addition to the new riverside neighbourhood that is being created at Battersea Power Station. I’m sure many families and children from the local community will enjoy hours of fun here.”