Blaenhonddan Community Council wanted to refurbish their existing Cadoxton playground with new challenging play opportunities, while making it more accessible.
They secured funding, including landfill grants, to replace the existing equipment and create a new play area which children of all ages and abilities could enjoy. The council felt it was important to involve the public in the consultation process, and so the successful design was displayed within the local community and on the council website.
Sutcliffe Play South West were tasked to create a play area which was fully inclusive and wheelchair accessible across the multiple levels of the site.
New inclusive and immersive pieces of playground equipment were installed, ensuring all children could play together no matter their ability. While recommendations indicate a play area should include two pieces of inclusive equipment, this play area now includes four, with the multiple levels of the play area connected by a brightly coloured sloped pathway.
An inclusive wheelchair roundabout was installed in the play area so that disabled and able-bodied children can enjoy the sensation of spinning, all together, at the same time. It has been designed particularly so that wheelchair users can experience the spinning sensation, just as if they were on a traditional roundabout. Sitting flush to the ground, it ensures there are no trip points or potential traps for users.
Additional inclusive elements comprise of a back to back roundabout, flower springie and a nest swing; designed like a bird’s nest especially to take several young children and those with special needs.
The different levels of terrain in Cadoxton play area, accessible via the sloped pathway, are divided into zones, containing equipment aimed at different ages, with brightly coloured wet pour adding colour and interest to the play area.
The upper level of the design is aimed at juniors and includes the Oak unit from the ‘Orchard Collection’ created to provide a combination of physical activity and challenge, social interaction and opportunities for learning. With a total of fourteen activities, the Oak is configured to enable all junior age children to play and develop their skills together.
The upper level of the play area also includes other play elements such as a 20m cableway, stand-up see-saw and a cobra swing, where up to 6 children can use teamwork and balance to swing together and get the rope swing moving.
On the lower level, Toddlerzone Hide & Slide- a multiplay unit aimed at younger children- is complimented by other play area must-haves, including flat and cradle swings, a scoot and seat roundabout and a seesaw.
“This was a challenging site and Sutcliffe Play worked effectively with the Council and their contractors to arrive at a satisfactory scheme. The playground has proved extremely popular since completion and makes a valuable contribution to the Council’s portfolio of play opportunities.”
Rowland Lanchbury – Clerk – Blaenhonddan Community Council