A new fully-equipped £100k playground for young children has been unveiled in the Moorings, part of a long-term regeneration of Thamesmead.

The playground, located near Byron Close and Owen Close, has been purpose-built for young children aged up to six years old, serving the high proportion of young families in the area.

Thamesmead Mooring councillors have worked with Peabody to bring the playground to life, with the Greenwich ward's budget contributing £23,000 towards the scheme and the housing association providing £75,000.

Cllr Olu Babatola said: "We are thrilled with the new toddler play area, and all the fun and laughter it will bring to Moorings toddlers and youngsters.

“This is fantastic and an excellent example of Peabody and the Royal Borough of Greenwich working together to improve the lives of our residents.”

The play area includes a soft rubbery surface with speciality play equipment including play mounds, climbing holds, balance beams and a cargo net, each specifically chosen to encourage imaginative play and help children to develop sensory and motor skills.

Thamesmead is currently undergoing a major regeneration, led by Greenwich and Bexley councils, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.

Over £1 billion is being invested in the town, with new housing developments and transport links, and Peabody is leading a project to build 2,800 new homes.

The newly unveiled playground is one of several recent projects on the Moorings, with work on the Byron Close Arches, Booth Close ball court and Arnott Close Public Canal Space all taking place in recent months.

Kate Batchelor, Peabody's Senior Regeneration Manager in Thamesmead, commented: "We’ve been working closely with the Moorings community to understand what improvements they would like to see in their local area and help make their ideas come to life – and this playground is a great example of this."

She said the after speaking to local residents, the company recognised the need for a new play area for young children, and with the help of the Moorings ward councillors they were able to achieve this.

Ms Batchelor added: “I’m really proud of how it’s turned out. I’ve already had great feedback from residents, which is just fantastic.”