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State-of-the-art play area, MUGA and floodlighting plan at Markethill Primary

Markethill Primary School

Plans are currently under consideration for a major sporting and play development at a County Armagh primary school.

Markethill Primary, on the Mowhan Road, is hoping to benefit from the provision of a multi-sports area.

This would also include floodlighting and a play area.

The proposals were first submitted in October and have now been readvertised, with additional information provided in relation to the floodlighting ahead of a determination being made.

The development plan has been submitted by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

The plans for the play area have been drawn up by County Down-based Garden Escapes and offer an exciting and educational experience for children aged between two and 12 years.

Markethill Primary School

Markethill Primary School

Among the features of the state-of-the-art facility is an outdoor classroom area, with six benches, six mushroom seats and a storyteller’s chair – which will be completely wheelchair accessible.

Free standing bongo drums and chimes will feature in auditory sensory panels.

There would also be a ‘Today’s Weather’ and ‘What Time Is It?’ feature, again in the form of free standing educational visual sensory play panels.

A multi-activity play unit for the two to five-year-old will include a poly slide, ladder climber, ramp climber, scramble net climber, as well as a bridge, a ground level play den and even a lookout tower!

The multi-activity play unit for the older children in the five to 12 year age bracket will be similarly equipped, features including a poly slide, a vertical rock face climbing wall, with hand and foot grips, and a twisted scramble net climber.

Other features of the overall development include a wheelchair accessible roundabout, a chicken spring rocker and a parrot cross-spring seesaw.

The proposals are now being advertised until early next month.

Planning officials at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are expected to make a determination early in the New Year.

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