Playground receives design award

Earlier this year a playground designed by Sutcliffe Play Scotland scooped the Musselburgh Conservation Society’s 2017 Design Award.

The £37,000 toddler playground in Lewisvale Park was developed in partnership with the Musselburgh Area Partnership and the East Lothian Council.

The new playground was supported by public consultation by the partnership which highlighted that 41% of respondents would like to see improved children’s facilities. As a result, the partnership allocated funding to provide new and modern play equipment.

The council’s amenity services team worked with early years’ services and the East Lothian Play Association to develop plans for the new playground.

Dougie Fox, who led the project and the design competition at the Musselburgh Conservation Society said: “East Lothian Council were delighted that the design of the new toddler play area at Lewisvale Park and that it won the 2017 design award from the Musselburgh Conservation Society.

“Anything new within Musselburgh throughout 2017 was considered for the award, so to win overall is quite an achievement!

“The fact that the design and the majority of the equipment came from Sutcliffe Play may have helped as this is the first time we have used the equipment in Musselburgh which makes it a refreshing change from all the other equipment in the area. All aspects of the work, from the original site meeting, to the design and subsequent ordering and deliver of the equipment went very smoothly. We even had the weather on our side!”

The Design Award, now its 26th year, is given annually to mark the project which its members think has made the biggest contribution to design quality in Musselburgh and Inveresk over the year.

Alan Armour, conservation society chairman, concludes: “The play area is a very worthy winner. I’m delighted that our members voted for it.

“Our award usually goes to new buildings but it’s good to recognise the quality of design that goes into making a successful new play area.”