Martin Luther King Adventure Playground

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Martin Luther King Adventure Playground

Islington Play Association By Islington Play Association

Our open access playground, one of Islington's best-loved playspaces, badly needs renewal. A sustainable & accessible new building will unlock new community uses, kindle learning and spark adventures.

Islington Fundraising stage

pledged of £46,375
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £46,375 by 25 Sep 2017

MLK Adventure Playground is a place where children are free to climb, swing, build dens, cook over an open fire: to experience a truly adventurous childhood. Sadly, possibilities are limited by an ageing building that's no longer fit for purpose. Poorly situated, with an inflexible layout and little natural light, it's hard to supervise children or accommodate different age groups and activities. We want to replace the existing building with one which lets play flow from inside to out. A more flexible layout better connected to the exterior would create a true community hub, capable of hosting outdoor classroom days for schools, children's parties and other community events. Islington Council have already pledged support for the project. However, in order to unlock funding, we need to show designs which demonstrate consideration and broad community support. We're seeking funding to develop innovative and sustainable designs through a programme of six community consultation events

What we'll deliver:

  • consult with the local community to gather ideas and support for an exciting new adventure playground
  • put together a team to design a new adventure playground & community function space
  • apply for planning permission

Why it's a great idea:

MLK Adventure Playground is one of Islington's oldest and most popular adventure playgrounds with over 11,000 child visits last year. It opened in 1968, the year of Dr. King's assassination, when the area suffered from overcrowding, poverty and racial tension, as the only open space for children to play. In 2017, Islington has the 5th highest rate of child poverty among London boroughs (38%). A recent survey found that 58% of children attending local adventure playgrounds claim free school meals. At the same time, Islington has the second least public green space of all London boroughs, and fewer than 25% of children have access to private gardens. The playground is integral to the local community, a resource that helps children develop self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience while supporting their parents. Relationships built here extend into all other walks of life. Investing in a new building will allow us renew an invaluable resource, and open our doors to even more people

Steps to get it done:

  • Project launch party
  • First consultation event
  • Second consultation event (workshops)
  • Third consultation event (workshops)
  • Pre-application advice
  • Fourth consultation event
  • Final project exhibition
  • Planning application

As a local non-profit organisation, IPA has been working for over 40 years to create, provide, support and enhance children’s play across the borough. We strive to nurture children’s freedom, resilience and confidence through play. One key way that we aim to achieve this is through our adventure playgrounds which offer rich and exciting environments for children to play. The playgrounds are open access and free to attend, ensuring equality of opportunity for all. On an Adventure Playground children’s ideas are key, they determine the content and intent of their play. Qualified playworkers are on hand to ensure children are safe and supported. We invite you to be part of our ongoing mission to improve children's lives in Islington.

Location Islington

Islington has 58 other projects and £905,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Martin Luther King Adventure Playground


London Borough of Islington

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How will the money be spent?Total £46,375

design fee RIBA stage 3 - £8,000 (17%)
surveys incl. arboricult, asbestos, services, topo - £6,500 (14%)
design fees RIBA stages 1 & 2 - £6,000 (13%)
str. & environmental engineering fees - £4,600 (10%)
qantity surveyor & proj. management - £4,500 (10%)
workshop materials incl. flyers, leaflets (design, print & distribute), model materials, refreshmnts - £4,500 (10%)
prepare & run consultation events/workshops incl. reports/evaluation (staff costs) - £4,000 (9%)
Planning pre-application advice - £1,333 (3%)
Principle Designer fee - £1,250 (3%)
Planning application fees - £1,155 (2%)
Other - £4,537 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

design fee RIBA stage 3
surveys incl. arboricult, asbestos, services, topo
design fees RIBA stages 1 & 2
str. & environmental engineering fees
qantity surveyor & proj. management
workshop materials incl. flyers, leaflets (design, print & distribute), model materials, refreshmnts
prepare & run consultation events/workshops incl. reports/evaluation (staff costs)
Planning pre-application advice
Principle Designer fee
Planning application fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £46,375

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