New playground delights Peabody’s Hammersmith residents

Celebrating the opening of a new play area on our Hammersmith estate.

Last Sunday, local residents gathered to enjoy the sunshine on our Hammersmith estate at a 1950s-themed tea party. They made the most of the sunshine to take part in a variety of activities including stall games and a fancy dress party.

Hammersmith-play-area-4Local residents at Sunday's party

They were celebrating the opening of a new play area in a part of the estate that has been out of use since 2008 (see below).

Residents, supported by the local Tenants Association, have long been campaigning to refurbish this space, securing initial funding through a successful application to Peabody's Estate Controlled Environmental Improvement Budget.

Hammersmith estate play area before the refurbishment

Hammersmith play area after
Hammersmith estate play area after the refurbishment

Everyone is delighted with the new play area. Victoria, who went along on Sunday, said:

"I have a 15-year-old and a 2-year-old. The 15-year-old grew up on the estate without a play  space so I'm pleased my youngest has somewhere local to play. My 2-year-old has been so excited she has been asking me every day when its opening." 

Hammersmith estate - Victoria and Nancy
Victoria, above with her daughter Nancy, who entered a 1950s fancy dress competition as Marilyn Monroe

96-year-old Peabody resident Debbie Peek, pictured centre below, was also there on Sunday. She said:

"I was initially opposed to the project but now, seeing how beautiful it turned out to be and the smiles on the faces of the children, I am happy the Residents Association and Peabody made it happen. I am very pleased for the children. Well done to everyone." 

Left to right: Kevin (Caretaker Manager), Debbie Peek, and Kayode (Neighbourhood Manager)

About the play area

The final design was created following a competition for ideas and residents were involved in the design process throughout.

The play area was jointly funded by Peabody and the London Marathon Charity Trust. Ginkgo, our landscape contractors, carried out the work.

Hammersmith-play-area-3Children enjoying the new swings