“It was an honour working with APES and I hope to be able to work with them again in the future.”
Colin Brent, Centre Manager, Bollo Brook Youth Centre

Adventure Playground Engineers is an award-winning London-based firm with more than 20 years' experience of developing adventure playgrounds, designing and building play structures in public parks, schools, urban environments, community gardens and tourist spots.

In recent years we have branched out into events and PR. You can find out more about APES on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

We provide free consultation and first-stage designs, so please call or email us directly to book an appointment. If you are looking to raise cash for your project, we might be able to give you a head-start: see fundraising for details.

“APES knows play and play equipment. It understands the vision and ideas of play workers, and is able to put them into practice” Evergreen Play Association

APES offers the whole package. We use our expertise to consult, design, landscape and build revolutionary play structures that are perfectly tailored to your needs. We prioritise projects with the best interests of local people at heart, and use natural materials to create free outdoor play spaces for children and families. We are committed to five principles: an eco-friendly approach, unique design, children’s involvement, community development and evolution. See ethos for more information.

“Imagine a play space designed to enhance its setting, a space close to nature where disabled and non-disabled children of all ages can challenge themselves as they play together. A space that is loved by the whole community and is environmentally sustainable. That’s what we are always striving to achieve.”
John O’Driscoll, Director, Adventure Playground Engineers

APES understands how to design and build the perfect play space. Our playgrounds are safe but challenging for children and young people, enhancing their physical and emotional development close to home. We use recycled and ethically sourced material, and work beside residents and clients to develop unique site-specific designs. No project is too big or small, and we love a challenge.

APES' structures fully comply with BSEN 1176, the playground equipment standard. Our staff are CSCS-registered operatives, have relevant safety and first aid training, are CRB checked where appropriate and are fully versed in working with the community safely. APES is fully covered for products liability and our employers' liability insurance also covers volunteers. Some staff are NPTC-qualified in tree-climbing, felling, aerial rescue and using a chainsaw at height. John O'Driscoll is certified by the Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) for the outdoor operational inspection of play equipment.

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