The UK’s Number 1 School Playground Specialist!
We design, make and install outstanding playground products for outdoor learning, play and sports in schools and nurseries.
From one-off areas to a full-scale playground redevelopment, we can create outdoor spaces to suit your school’s needs and budget.
If you’re searching for ideas and inspiration to improve your outdoor provision, we’re here to help.
How can you be sure we’re the best people for the job?
Because outdoor play, innovation, a sharp attention to detail and trusted relationships go right to the heart of who we are.
Pentagon Play has been inspiring learning through play since 1998 and are specialists in the designing, manufacturing and installation of school and nursery playground equipment.
We create stimulating and challenging environments for children that contribute towards key areas of the curriculum.
We are the outdoor learning specialists leading the playground industry.
It all began with two life-long friends and a humble grass-mat.
Some years ago (we’d better not say how many!), two 6 year old boys met in the school playground and became best friends.
They would build dens, stage battles and generally get up to the sort of adventure and mischief that young boys often do.
Fast-forward to today and things haven’t changed much. They still treat life as one big, playful adventure!
Only now, they’ve built their playgrounds for over 25,000 schools and nurseries around the UK, improving educational play value for around 500,000 children each year and achieving setting objectives.
Andy and Michael began their Pentagon adventure in 1998. With formal training in manufacturing engineering, they developed the skills they needed to take their playground building to the next level.
At that time, there was a real lack of variety, fun, inspiration and true educational value in playground products that were available to schools and they wanted to do something about it.
Along came James and Sam. As an Educational Psychologist, James had a detailed understanding of how children play and learn. He recognised where resources were lacking and knew that with the right designs, teachers could bring learning to life through outdoor play.
Sam, with a background in education and, as a self-confessed book worm when he was at school, had a strong will and a keen eye for inclusivity: the need to create products that allow all children to enjoy play and learning outdoors, whatever their age or ability.
Over 20 years have passed and in that time, Andy, Michael, James and Sam have grown Pentagon into an industry-leading company that you can rely on to get the job done brilliantly.
As you can see from our Projects and our Testimonials, our passion for transforming school playgrounds into enthralling outdoor learning environments is still as evident today as it was when we began this joyful adventure.
What Makes Us Stand Out?
Expert Playground Consultants
Our team of specialist Playground Consultants have backgrounds in education, science and sports, so they understand what schools need and how they operate.
For every project, whatever the scope, one of our Playground Consultants will come and visit you on site. They will listen, observe and advise where necessary to make sure we get it right for you.
They will help you to plan your project and see it through from design to completion. We never charge for our consultations - we believe it’s an important part of our perfectionist level of service - and why our schools are always so happy with our playgrounds.
Product Development Team
Our Creative Product Design Team are full of amazing ideas for developing our innovative range of products - they’re always tweaking things to make sure that our products evolve with the curriculum and stay relevant, too.
We can’t explain exactly how their magical minds work - but it’s very clever and involves embracing the inner child! They work with teachers, EYFS leaders, Nursery Managers and SENCO's to gain invaluable input and information from those working day in and day out with the children themselves.
Our current range of products has been designed with you and your settings needs in mind to improve the educational play experience of your children.
Our expert Installers and Joiners are highly skilled - no idea or design is ever too much for them.
We understand that every school is different, so it’s important to us that we can be flexible in our designs and installations - both in our workshop and on site - to make sure we cater for your bespoke needs.
Our team would love to collaborate on any new ideas you may have that is different from what we already offer.
As we always emphasise, we provide more than off the shelf products, so whether you want to tweak one of our current offerings or create something from scratch, we have the knowledge and expertise to make this happen.
With endless possibilities, our team of talented designers, educational experts, EYFS enthusiasts and knowledgeable consultants are here to find the right solution for you.
We recognise the time constraints that schools are faced with - staff workload and busy termly schedules leave little time for planning a super new playground; never mind trying to get something installed while lessons are underway.
If you are tight for time, we can take a lot of the initial hard work, searching and planning away for you. We know what we’re doing - we’ll listen to your ideas and prepare a design for your approval.
We will always work around you to make sure there is minimal disruption to your children.
Read more about Our Process here.
If you’re still unsure, or if there is anything else that you would like to know about us (unless it’s about how often we sneak off into the secret workshop to “test out” our own products - we couldn’t possibly divulge that sort of information!), then please do give us a call.
We love to chat about what we do, which possibly explains why we’re better suited to playgrounds than classrooms!
If you’re in a rush, feel free to send us an email and we’ll email you back, or call you at a time that works for you.
You can find all our contact details on the Contact Us section of our website.
Over 21 years has passed and our passion to transform school playgrounds into enthralling outdoor learning environments, is still as evident today, as it was when we began this playful adventure.
Read more of our Testimonials to see why we are the name to be trusted and a great team to collaborate with.