Watford-Housing

Housing Associations

We have been providing playgrounds and multi-use games areas (muga's) nationwide for over 30 years. We design new playgrounds from scratch, add to existing ones, and refurbish existing play equipment, keeping cherished favourites.

We are proud to design and manufacture here in the UK, and can provide off the shelf solutions or bespoke play areas and designs. Lead times are short, quality assured. You can even visit our factory with a group of residents and watch your play equipment being made.

Why choose Sutcliffe Play?

Mutually run, ethical business

Sutcliffe Play is unique in the play sector as it is employee owned – everyone you talk to is an owner in the business – a little like being the John Lewis in the play world. We share many of the values of Housing Associations and Trusts, such as honesty, openness, cooperative team working… So in dealing with Sutcliffe Play, you will find a company of people who care and have every interest in providing excellent quality.

Flexibility and bespoke design / manufacture

We recognise that your Housing Association will want to do things your way. You may want your Association logo and colours incorporated in the play area, you may want to ensure noise levels are kept to a minimum, you may want to just freshen up and repair an older site. That is all fine and where people say we excel – we listen and come up with innovative solutions.

Free play area design

We have a team of play area designers, led by a qualified landscape architect. Following a site visit and survey, we will provide comprehensive proposals, designs and costings for a whole landscaped playspace. This will include draft designs with plan views and 3D visuals that you can use to present to your communities. We will consider the landscaping and even the planting around the area and then work with you, making amends to ensure you get the play area you want.

Free community consultation

Spending time at the start of a project is vital to getting it right. The purpose of consultation, we believe, is to allow children, young people and others in the community to be involved in the environment they live in. So at Sutcliffe Play we encourage consultation, and believe in spending time and money on good consultation. Manufacturing here in the heart of Yorkshire means that if any members of your community would like to visit the factory, we would be only too pleased to arrange a trip to coincide with your pieces of equipment being made.

Product Range

Our range is the most extensive in the UK. We offer steel, timber and natural play equipment such as water and sand play. We span the age ranges from toddlers, to teenagers to adults. We provide traditional playground equipment such as swings, slides, roundabouts, seesaws, and more unusual items such as trampolines, zip wires, trim trails and net climbers. We specialise in inclusive play equipment. Sutcliffe Play also manufactures youth shelters, ballcourts or muga’s (multi-use games areas), and furniture such as benches and bins.

Full range of services

We research and consult, design playspaces, design and manufacture play equipment, and refurbish  tired play areas. Our Contracts department can take care of installation and landscaping, providing on site project management as required. Finally we provide after sales service in the form of inspection and maintenance packages, technical support and advice and swift supply of spares.

Inclusive Play

We believe passionately in inclusive play, giving every child equal access to good play opportunities. Our aim is for children of all abilities to play side by side, so we specialise in designing inclusive play equipment and spaces. Huge importance is placed on carefully designing inclusive features into our equipment. We also take care to ensure that the playspace itself is truly accessible to all.

Quality Assured

All of Sutcliffe Play operations meet the independently audited  ISO9001 Quality Assurance standard. Every product in our catalogue is certified to EN1176. Because we are employee owned, everyone in the company can lay claim to the title of Quality Controller. We have extensive guarantees, with a lifetime philosophy. We are a founder member of the API, our industry association that ensures that members have the necessary experience, financial status and quality of workmanship.