Monthly Archives: December 2015

Footprints to School in Scotland

Footprints leading to a school in Aberdeen

first4playgrounds have just completed another thermoplastic marking installation at Hill of Banchory School in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The school were having problems with children crossing the road near a junction. They therefore wanted to encourage them to walk up the road, using the safe crossing area. We achieved this by using coloured footprints on the pavement showing the way up the lane away from the crossing. The feet are 300mm long and our installed price is £10.00 per pair. Contact us on 0191 477 8900 for a free site survey and quotation.

Footprints to school

Tweet by Hill of Banchory School in Aberdeenshire

Safe road crossing with footprints

Safe road crossing

Playground revamp in Newcastle upon Tyne

Playground Revamp

first4playgrounds have just completed a playground revamp at Percy Hedley School in Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne. The old playground was covered in tired, worn painted lines and markings and we were asked to come up with a plan to brighten up the area as well as replacing some of the existing markings with preformed thermoplastic markings.


Before and after pictures showing the old painted lines and the new painted playground with markings



An old clock was dried prior to painting and marking with a new clock face

The affected areas were thoroughly dried and cleaned of any dust and moss.  The tarmac was then painted using Britania’s Decatone SR60 high quality water-based Acrylic coating for tennis courts and netball courts. This tough and long lasting paint has slip resistant properties as well as algicide and fungicide. Two coats were applied and the paint was left overnight to dry. The following day the thermoplastic markings were installed. The total revamp including the tarmac coating cost around £1,700.00, and as you can see looks really good.



Old painted markings covered with black acrylic tarmac coating and new thermoplastic markings

School Playground Mile Walk

Mile Walk

Our Playground Mile Walk is based on children walking along a snake measuring an 1/8th of a mile. There are 10 evenly spaced sections to show how far the children have gone. A Mile is complete when the children have done 8 laps. Walk the mile all at once, or at different times in the day. The fully installed price for a 1/8th mile circuit pictured above is £495.00 plus VAT.

Playground Mile Walk

Following the success of St Nina’s primary School in Scotland encouraging all primary school children to walk or run a mile every day, first4playgrounds have designed a circuit track for playgrounds for schools which don’t have large areas to use as a track.



At first4playgrounds we used preformed thermoplastic markings which can last up to 8 times longer than traditional paints and look great!

Circuits are individually designed to fit almost any play area. With the number of laps increased or decreased depending on each individual school. Contact us for more information on 0191 477 8900 or email