During 2019 we were tasked with creating two new play spaces in Ipswich, both of which were designed to bring communities together and create safe spaces for children and adults to enjoy together. Working with Ipswich Borough Council, we designed and installed a £350,000 playground for Maple Park and a £220,000 playground at St Augustines Green.
The investment in Maple Park formed part of the council’s vision to transform the playground into a destination recreation area and has completely transformed what was a dated and run-down playground. The council worked with the local community to ensure the design of the playground offered something for everyone and gave the community a sense of ownership.
The playground which sits in one of Ipswich’s most deprived and densely populated areas now has a vibrant fresh look featuring colourful play equipment, a sports area and outdoor gym providing a hub for the community where children can play and families meet up. With four areas within the playground, we created fully accessible DDA compliant zones providing maximum play value for a wide range of abilities and ages from toddlers to teens. In the main play area, interactive games and characters have been built into the floor design creating a bright and colourful playscape to encourage creative, social and imaginative play across the playground. It also features a range of swings, roundabouts, springies and several multi-play units.
A Toddler Cycle Area has also been created featuring bright floor markings to encourage children to ride a bike safely whilst following the highway code. Markings include a zebra crossing, traffic lights, parking signs and a petrol station sign encouraging imaginative play. Our unique ball court system forms the Sports Area. The MUGA provides a space for football, basketball, tennis and badminton whilst its unique sound insulation system reduces the noise impact for nearby residents.
The fourth area is Outdoor Fitness which continues to grow in popularity. A large range of outdoor gym equipment providing fitness opportunities for youngsters and adults alike has been installed to encourage more people to get active and spend time outdoors.
Lisa Stannard, Operations Manager for Parks and Cemeteries says: “The new playground is a vital part of the community. This has been a labour of love, and I think it’s become the new heart of the community. The kids have done the drawings and they have helped with the equipment, giving the community a real sense of ownership. Through determination and the hard work of all involved, Sutcliffe Play was able to finish the playground more than one week early so it was available for the start of the summer holidays.”
To find out more about Maple Park read our full case study here: https://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk/case-study/maple-park-ipswich/
Our second project in Ipswich last year was at St Augustines Green which had again become run down and needed a fresh new look. The council wanted to maximise the space and create an interactive hub for the community and worked with us to create three distinct zones for toddlers, juniors and adults.
The toddler space has become a bright and vibrant area packed with play opportunities designed to stimulate creativity, imagination and social and physical play with equipment including the Mushroom Village & Igloo – a two-sided design featuring themed play panels, a tree house, slide and climbing ramp.
The Junior zone has become an exciting and energetic space that encourages exercise and social play opportunities. Our Mission multi-play unit forms the focal point and is packed with a wide range of challenges varying in difficulty to keep children engaged.
The Adult zone was one of the first in the UK to install the Body’s fitness equipment range and provides a fitness zone designed to work almost every part of the body.
To find out more about the equipment installed at St Augustines Green click here: https://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk/case-study/st-augustines-green-ipswich/