Muswell Hill Primary School – Case Study

Read on to discover how Asbestos removal revamped this local School Playground!

Asbestos. The world’s favourite building material. That was until scientific studies showed exposure to asbestos is linked to several diseases, including cancers. The UK government banned blue and brown asbestos in 1985. While eventually banning white and all other types of asbestos in 1999.

Asbestos had a significant wide range of uses; at its peak, over 3000 products used the material. Therefore, asbestos is still present in many buildings and places today. One of these places is Muswell Hill Primary School. They unfortunately found some asbestos in some of the ground at the edge of their school, and contacted us to begin the asbestos removal process.

If the asbestos is in good health and unlikely to be accidentally damaged, it poses little risk and can be encapsulated to increase safety further. Asbestos removal can be very costly, however encapsulation is significantly cheaper. With encapsulation, we apply a protective adhesive to prevent the release of harmful dust. Luckily for the School, their survey highlighted that encapsulation was an option for them.

First, our team began the asbestos removal and encapsulated the material safety. After this, the Primary School decided they wanted to cover the area to turn it into a play space for children. They settled on the original blend of our Jungle Mulch rubber mulch playground surfacing to create a woodland floor effect.

We laid our original blend Jungle Mulch right up to the edges of some old tree stumps in the area to help prevent trip hazards and enhance the woodland look of the area. They chose this solution because the porous rubber mulch creates an amazing safe, surface.

Muswell Hill Primary School tree stump with rubber mulch tree surround

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  1. The most challenging aspect of the proposal was to create a play provision amongst the trees at Muswell Hill Primary School. They approaced us with the desire to reimagine this area and to give it some purpose. To continue the woodland theme, we installed three large uprights with HDPE palm fronds on top and rock holds up the sides, by which to traverse around the palm trees. Opposite the rock holds are some drop rope traverses, and either side of the trail continues with rock traverse panels.

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