The Wild Kingdom is a unique and distinctive natural playspace on Three Mills Green, Newham. The scheme combines a variety of play structures that together bring a sense of unexpected adventure, imaginative seasonal change and a creative response to the newly created landscape on the Green. It is a place where the imagination is sparked: where the natural meets the artificial and unexpected.
The design has adopted a strategy of ‘opportunism’ in proposing play provision for this site, for example making the most of the play possibilities of the newly created landforms. Capitalising on these opportunities has also allowed us to maximise the modest project budget.
By using natural and reclaimed timbers, ropework and limited catalogue play items, the proposals ensure sustainable playspace construction, whilst providing local young people with an opportunity for ‘access to nature’ play. Our ‘playable planting’ scheme also encourages interaction with natural play materials.
The playspace opened summer 2012.