Bourne Park is one of Ipswich’s largest open spaces and attracts thousands of visitors each year.
The main attraction for the many generations of visiting families was the paddling pool and play area but these had become tired and in need of updating. Ipswich Borough Council also wanted to make the area more accessible to all abilities.
The Council set Sutcliffe Play an almost impossible task of transforming the play area and paddling pool into an accessible destination playground in just eight weeks.
Sutcliffe Play created a seaside themed design to bring the playground’s popular paddling pool to life.
Three colourful multi-play units form the focal point of the playground and each feature inclusive elements to ensure children of all abilities can play together.
These units are joined by two of our most popular characters which are loved by children and adults alike – Pablo the Penguin Seesaw and Wilbur the Whale Springie.
The playground also features an inclusive roundabout and three sets of swings which includes two inclusive options.
The playground is completed by colourful wetpour graphics to engage children in a trail around the playground. The three 3D graphics of a shark, turtle and starfish are already proving very popular with local families!
“Sutcliffe Play was able to design and manufacture everything we needed to meet the very tight deadlines we had set ourselves. The enthusiasm and experience of the Sutcliffe Play team helped turned the vision into a reality.
“We are all delighted with the new Bourne Beach facility and know that the community will benefit from this major investment for many years to come.”
Nigel Campbell, Park Manager