Ivydene play area

Closed 10 Jun 2019

Opened 24 May 2019

Results Updated 18 Jun 2019

We are delighted to announce the winning design for the new playground at Ivydene in west Reading.

We launched a consultation on 25th May and put the choice of five playground designs to the public vote. We wrote to residents living near the playground, and the shortlisted designs were on display at Rivermead Leisure Centre and Wilson Primary School, with children at the school and those attending Rivermead using a ballot box and voting slips to choose their preferred option. People could also vote online.

We received over 800 votes in total, with the winning design, number 2 from Kompan, receiving over half of the votes. It was also overwhelmingly the favourite choice of the school children.

Comments on the winning design included: “I like it because it is suitable for all ages and has a range of different equipment,” and “Looks like the best design – more fun things for children and not too crowded.”

Ivydene play area, located next to Portman Road in west Reading, has been earmarked for a £100K investment. It is anticipated that the work will start on site in September and ready for use by the half term week in October.  The existing play area will be closed while the refurbishment is undertaken. The new equipment is designed for toddlers and children up to the age of twelve years and will provide accessible equipment for children of all abilities.

The winning design is now on display at Rivermead Leisure Centre during opening hours, at Wilson Primary School and here online below alongside details on the equipment that is proposed.

Funding for playground improvements across the borough have been secured from developers who made a contribution to the Council’s Community Infrastructure Fund.  Reading communities were consulted last summer on how money collected from local planning developments should be spent. The top ranked schemes, including Ivydene, were approved at the Council’s Policy Meeting on 26th November 2018.



The play area known as Ivydene, adjacent to Portman Road, is to be completely refurbished later this year.  The existing equipment and surfacing have reached the end of their life and we are taking this opportunity to replace all the items and reconfigure the area to make best use of the available space and make it easier to maintain in the long term. Funding for this project is coming from nearby developer contributions and we anticipate that the overall expenditure will be approximately £100,000.

The new equipment is designed for use by children up to the age of twelve years and suitable for all abilities. 

We invited a number of playground companies to submit designs and the public are now being asked to vote for their preferred option.  Each design includes two specific items of play equipment known for their inclusivity.  Not only are these accessible for wheelchair users and those who are less mobile, but relatives/carers accompanying children can use the equipment at the same time to play together.  Along with the illustrations, a description of the equipment and its functions has been provided by the manufacturers.  These can be viewed in the links at the bottom of the page.

The scheme with the most voteswill be implemented and the winning design can be viewed here from Monday 17 June.

Why We Are Consulting

We are consulting local primary school children and residents and asking them to choose what equipment they would like to see in the play area. 

You can view the designs here


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What Happens Next

It is anticipated that the refurbishment work will commence in September and the play area will be closed while the refurbishment is undertaken.


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