Creative, Exciting Playground Design in St Albans & the wider UK

The DNA Play approach to playground design is highly unique. We look to create eco-friendly, natural playgrounds that encourage both creative and active play. Our Hertford-based team of designers take spaces that show potential, and completely transform them with school playground equipment precisely tailored to your needs. It may be that you want a playspace that is light on traditional playground equipment, such as climbing frames and swings, and relies more on staging areas and interactive walls that are canvases for children’s sense of imagination. Alternatively, if you’re building a playground with a focus on physical activity, you may want to bring in climbing walls and balancing beams.

As you’ll see on our Portfolio page, no two of our natural playgrounds are the same. A playground design project we’ll have completed in Bishops Stortford, Cheshunt, Hemel Hempstead or Hoddesdon, will be completely different to one we’ve finished in St Albans, Stevenage, Watford or Welwyn Garden City. This is because we place such an emphasis on proper consultation. We listen to every key stakeholder involved in the decision, helping develop their ideas and make dream playgrounds become a reality.


One key stakeholder we urge you consult is the children themselves. Whether you’re a nursery, primary, secondary, council or a private client developing a playground for a new build development, it pays to ask the intended user of our natural playgrounds what they want to see. After all, it’s no use having us install school playground equipment which won’t fulfil its potential, maximum usage. The design process usually follows this template:



Following your call, we stage an initial meeting to find out exactly what you’re looking for out of professional playground design. During this meeting, we may show you examples of past projects we’ve completed to help you get an idea of whether we’re the right team to deliver your project.



If you decide to use us as your contractor, we’ll launch into the playground design phase, working alongside you to select everything from key school playground equipment, to seating and staging areas. The playground design phase will likely be charged at an hourly rate.



Next up, we’ll issue a contract for the build phase of the project. We’ll also conduct a Health and Safety Assessment and draw up a work schedule.



Then it’s time for the main construction phase. We’ll conduct work at times convenient for you, to ensure minimum disruption to your day-to-day operations. You might be surprised at the way we approach the installation of playground equipment etc. For example, we can find ways to involve the children themselves, which can be a fun and educational experience.



Once construction has concluded, we’ll draw up a planting plan and set about integrating trees, hedges and flowers that you’d like to see within your playground.



We don’t wash our hands of your project once the playground is up and running, and can handle any and all future maintenance it requires. DNA Play prides itself on an exceptionally high quality of after care.

Please keep in mind that interim invoices, which we will issue you as and when construction phases complete, need to be paid within 28 days. Otherwise, you will begin to accrue interest charges (terms regarding said charges are clearly stated within your contract).

We’ve Taken On Playground Design Projects in…

• Bishops Stortford

• Cheshunt

• Hemel Hempstead

• Hoddesdon

• Hertfordshire

• St Albans

• Stevenage

• Watford

• Welwyn Garden City

• Bedfordshire

…but that’s not all. While it’s true our team chiefly take on playground design projects around our local areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, word of our skill and ability has travelled far and wide over our six year history.


This reputation for quality workmanship at competitive prices saw us tasked with playground design projects all across the UK and even in Azerbaijan. To learn more about this particular project and the impressions we took away from it, click here.

Want discuss your playground design project with our team of experts? Call 0207 2547282 today! We’re Hertford and the wider UK’s top choice for natural playgrounds.

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