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Caewern Play Area, South Wales

Client: Blaenhonddan Community Council

Cost: £203,000

Date: 01/11/2016

Genre: Landscape, Community

A refreshing new play area for Port Talbot

Sutcliffe Play South West worked with Blaenhonddan Community Council, with support from Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, to introduce new play facilities to refresh an existing playground at the Caewern play area.

The design needed to consider the split levels of the landscape, and cater to children of all ages and abilities. The brief stated the need for a range of equipment with DDA linked pathways, including a multi-use play feature for toddlers and younger children, inclusive swing, springie and spinner provisions and a challenging climbing unit aimed at older juniors.

The brief was met using a diverse range of equipment including a ‘Sneak & Peek’ unit from the Toddlerzone range, which is designed to enable co-operation and social interaction, and an inclusive roundabout that allows disabled and able bodied children to enjoy the sensation of spinning side by side.

A Mission Ghost unit provides challenging play for older juniors. Mission offers testing physical play opportunities focusing on climbing, traversing and descending in unique ways. The largest of the Mission range, Mission Ghost incorporates a wide range of play experiences from strenuous climbing and agility through to exhilarating rides on the glide, an ever-popular compact zip line which adds excitement to any play area. Being large, with a random layout, it keeps children interested for extended playing time, with something new and exciting round the next corner.

The playground also features spring and stand up see saws, toddler and nest swings, and a Pyramid space net. Pyramid Net rope structures have the ability to challenge children like trees do. Reaching the top gives a sense of exhilaration and achievement, whilst developing coordination, strength and confidence.

Coloured wetpour completes the play area, laid to create paths between the toddler, junior and teen play areas; as well as surrounding each piece of equipment with a rainbow of colour and designs to stimulate the children’s senses as they play.

“We wanted to create an exciting play area for children of all ages and abilities – part of the brief which has undoubtedly been met. Sutcliffe Play has exceeded our expectations in meeting our requirements and created an outstanding play area for local people that the community can be proud of.

Rowland Lanchbury- Clerk to the Council – Blaenhonddan Community Council

Playground Equipment:

Inclusive Spring Buggie
Imaginative, exhilarating and fun to ride. They have easy grip hand and foot holds with anti-slip ends. Ground fixed, they are easy to maintain as the spring can be easily removed from the top and bottom fixings.

Spring See Saw
A tried and tested seesaw for younger children which also enables adults to sit or stand with a child to help balance them on the activity.

Stand up See Saw
The standing seesaw can be used in various ways, stand on the bottom foot rests or on the handles higher up, sit on the beam and use the handles as a perch. Younger children can also sit in the middle helped by older children either side.

Single Point Swing
An exhilarating free form swing, on which up to five children can sit or stand. It can be used as a very dynamic piece of equipment or to give a more gentle motion for inclusive play for those less able. Also suitable for use by adults

Space Net
Pyramid Nets are rope structures that challenge children like trees do. Reaching the top gives a sense of exhilaration and achievement. They help develop coordination, strength and confidence, whilst playing at heights of relatively low risk.

Goal End
Where room and budgets are limited, but a ball game area is required, these stand-alone football and basketball goal ends work well. The units shown are standard but the range is modular and flexible, so should you wish to alter the height of either the rebound barriers or the basketball hoop, it is possible to do so.

Toddlerzone Sneak & Peek
Designed for older toddlers, to younger juniors, this system offers higher challenge elements. Two bridges enable running games between towers, and higher decks create a sheltered place for games underneath.

Inclusive Rotating Dish
One of our most inclusive products, our rotating dish roundabout can be used for very fast dynamic play. The rocking and rotating motion with good body support and security given by the dish shape, make our dishes accessible to all. The angle of the dish and its height make side transfer possible and minimise the lifting required by helpers.

Mission Ghost Unit
Ghost is our biggest mission standard unit, we can go much bigger if you want! It incorporates a wide range of play experiences from strenuous climbing and agility through to exhilarating rides on the curved banister rails. Being large, with a random layout, it keeps children interested for extended playing time, there is always something new and exciting round the next corner!

Sling Rotator
One of our most dynamic items, fun and fast with two different activities which which includes a rope swing for sitting or standing and overhead handles for users to hang and spin around

Toddler Swings with 2 x Pod Seats
The Pod Seat hugs a child (like peas in a pod) and uses their body weight to pull it around them. It is very easy to get in and out of. Significantly lighter than other cradle seats, any impact with a child will be less severe. With a Peak G of just 25, it is probably the safest swing seat on the market. As well as our standard Orange, we now offer these seats in Red, Green & Blue.

Nest Swing
Designed especially to take several young children and those with special needs, this swing is designed like bird’s nest. The seat is made of steel rope matting, with a padded rope ring around the edge.

Our benches are designed to complement our current range of playground equipment. Like our climbing frames our furniture range is galvanized to ensure a long life expectancy as well as making it suitable of any outdoor environment.

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