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King George Playing Field, Norton on Derwent

Client: Norton Town Council

Cost: £47,000

Date: Completed 2019

Genre: Community & Inclusive

Play space gets a fitness refresh

Norton Town Council secured S106 developer funding to upgrade the play provision at King George’s Playing Field – an open space and football field with a designated children’s play area and ball court.

Being a popular leisure space for local adults and children alike, we were challenged with enhancing the space to create an environment that would provide entertainment for children of all ages and abilities, as well as adding to the existing range of fitness equipment on site to encourage a healthy body and mind through physical activity.

The site has been refreshed with the installation of new wet pour surfacing, inclusive play equipment, and outdoor gym equipment from the new fitness range, Bodys.

The Bodys outdoor gym equipment is hard-wearing, easy to use, and can be used by young and old to maintain fitness and flexibility. The Romper is designed to strengthen the muscles in the legs and abdomen, while the Cross Country Skier and Rider focus on the muscles in the legs, arms and torso and improve motor coordination.

Completing the outdoor gym area, The Bike is ideal for strengthening the lower limbs and helping to improve circulation, replicating the functionality of a traditional gym bike.

For children visiting the Playing Field, we introduced a range of play options, including a bike springie and seesaw, and inclusive pieces including a roundabout, to keep children entertained.

The Inclusive Scooter Roundabout offers functionality and durability without compromise. The bearing mechanism means the roundabout is free running for up to two minutes, gives children and carers the opportunity to enjoy the fun, with bump stops on both sides of the base to enable users to apply wheelchair brakes.

“We are a bit limited on space but wanted to find a way of improving the play provision within the confines of the existing boundaries at King George Playing Field. Sutcliffe Play came up with an inventive scheme which incorporated a wheelchair accessible roundabout and see saw, as well as a wave rider, a child’s sit on bike, and two new pieces of gym fitness equipment to the side of the field.

We have been very impressed with Sutcliffe Play throughout the project. Kevin has handled our case superbly, always available as the first point of contact. We are very pleased with the outcome and would recommend Sutcliffe Play.”

Tim Hicks, Deputy Clerk at Norton on Derwent Town Council.

Playground Equipment:

Rider – designed to strengthen the muscles of the arms, abdomen and legs, the Rider features a seat for the user with handles to hold onto, and platforms for feet placement. Users must straighten their legs and at the same time pull the handles together, for an effective workout.

Romper – for users looking to strengthen muscles in the legs and abdomen, the Romper accommodates one user standing. Users hold the handles and move their legs as far to one side or the other as possible for maximum impact.


Cross Country Skier – strengthens the muscles of the arms, legs and torso. Users must stand on the platforms, hold the handles and move their legs in a forwards and backwards motion. The Cross Country Skier also helps to improve motor coordination and has a positive effect on the circulatory-respiratory system.


Bike – replicating the functionality of a traditional gym bike, riders sit on the seat and hold the handles whilst placing their feet on the pedals. Users then move their legs as if on a traditional bike. The Bike is ideal for strengthening the muscles of the lower limbs and helping to improve circulation.


Bike Springie – an imaginative, fun to ride springie with easy grip hand and foot holds, and anti-slip ends. This unit is easy to maintain as the spring can be easily removed from the top and bottom fixings.


Wind Rider – an inclusive, surf board themed product, the Wind Rider encourages young children to develop their balancing, coordination and social skills. Finished with a slip resistant coating, the ‘surf board’ sits on a rocking bearing, allowing a controlled range of movements, and a handle provides the user with support.


Inclusive Scooter Roundabout – offering functionality and durability without compromising on fun, this roundabout offers children and carers the opportunity to enjoy the experience of spinning. Designed to accommodate a wheelchair, the roundabout has the capacity for two users to sit, with upwards of two standing if needed. Bump stops on both sides of the base enable users to apply wheelchair brakes. The bearing mechanism also means the roundabout is free running for over two minutes, giving users the chance to enjoy the fun.


Small Seesaw – a seesaw for younger children, which also enables adults to sit or stand with a child to assist with balance.


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