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Help choose final look for city centre play area

The three final designs for the new look St Georges play area. One is sea themed, one is insect themed and the third is ocean/boat themed.
The three final design options for the new look St Georges play area.
Published on Tuesday, 13th June 2023

Following a public consultation about new equipment for St Georges play area in Norwich, the city council is asking for people’s preferences on three exciting final designs.

More than 400 people used the council’s new Get Talking Norwich consultation and engagement website to choose from two different styles of play equipment to upgrade the inner-city play park, which sits opposite Norwich Playhouse.

The results were tight, with 56% preferring the urban to the traditional play area redesign.

The feedback also suggested:

  • combining the two concepts to cater for a wider age range
  • making sure the area included inclusive and accessible design
  • ensuring the play area had a range of different features to drive imaginative play and stimulate physical and cognitive skills

Taking all of this feedback into account, the parks and open spaces team at the city council invited three suppliers to design a new play area for St Georges. It is now up to the people of Norwich to choose which design they prefer.

Option one is an ocean-themed play area, featuring a boat climbing frame and a 3D shark’s head in the flooring.

Option two is an insect and nature themed play area with interactive surfacing and performer themed equipment, featuring a large climbing dome.

Option three is a boat/sea life themed play area featuring a two tower boat themed multi-play unit.

A spokesperson for Norwich City Council said: “We were really pleased to receive detailed feedback from so many users of St Georges play area, which has helped to shape these final three designs.

“We’d now like as many people as possible to head to our Get Talking Norwich website and choose between these three final designs so we can upgrade this well-used city centre playground, making it a really exciting place for children to enjoy.”

To choose from the three final designs for St Georges play area, head to the Get Talking Norwich website (where you will need to quickly register for an account if you have not already done so) complete the survey and select your favourite design. The consultation is now open and closes at 5pm on Tuesday, 27 June. 

Installation of the new equipment, flooring and fencing is due to start in late summer this year. People can follow the progress on Get Talking Norwich.

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