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Playground refurbishments beat the recession, Helping out with tight budgets…

Sutcliffe Play is issuing a message to local authorities and schools in these times of tight budgets…..’Consider a facelift for playgrounds to save money and keep a smile on children’s faces.’

With budgets cut as part of the government’s austerity programme, councils and education authorities are having to save money to make their finances go further, while still delivering best value services.

With this in mind Sutcliffe Play has come up with a flexible cost-effective refurbishment package which is already generating orders.

Managing Director Viv Jebson explained: “We know from experience that outdoor play equipment does not all need replacing at the same time.  It seems a waste to replace a well-loved item in a playground when it has years of life left in it and there are a number of steps we can take to give current equipment a new lease of life.”

Viv cited a refurbishment project at Highfield School in Wakefield as a prime example of how the company has revitalised the school’s play facilities.

The school, which is Wakefield’s only Special Educational Needs school, caters for 140 pupils in the 11-16 age group, teaching pupils with moderate learning difficulties including autism, sensory impairments, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Viv comments:  “The school’s old units were showing signs of rust with the paint coming away.  We stripped the equipment down, jet washed all components, burnt off the old paintwork and re-powder coated the metal work giving the playground a brand new look.

“As Sutcliffe Play is a UK manufacturer, a refurbishment is a cost effective, convenient and efficient alternative to new playground.  We are able to visit each site, discuss requirements and options and deliver playgrounds with a fresh new look in a short space of time.

“Highfield School recognises the importance of enabling children of all abilities to play alongside the able bodied. Play helps develop life skills and stimulates senses. We were only too happy to breathe new life into the equipment which we installed ten years ago. The refurbished equipment is proving very popular with the staff and children.”

Another refurbishment project is a scheme to renew five play facilities in the town of  Watford, incorporating designs submitted by children.  Here Sutcliffe Play combined new equipment with refurbished equipment to create five exciting playgrounds.

Tina Barnard, Chief Executive of Watford Community Housing Trust, said: “Our partnership with Sutcliffe Play has allowed us to produce high-quality facilities that truly reflect the needs of our residents. The new facilities have been warmly welcomed by our residents and especially local children, who enjoyed getting involved in designing and laying out the new play areas.”

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