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Leading outdoor play and fitness experts, Wicksteed Playgrounds, has just completed phase 1 of a huge project to design and install 33 play and recreation areas for Maidstone Council. The first phase of 12 sites has been completed and phase 2 has now begun in earnest. The proposed work across the range of sites includes the refurbishing and improvement of existing play equipment (where possible), the installation of a variety of Wicksteed's latest play products, visually appealing new safety surfacing, seating and picnic areas and dynamic and intuitive landscaping ideal for individual expression.
A play area situated right in front of a huge dam is an awesome sight and a terrific place to expend some energy on challenging, tactile and adventurous equipment whilst also having fun! This site, located at Elan Valley Visitor Centre and operated by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is play provision at its most inspirational. Wicksteed won this fantastic contract for Welsh Water as part of a 4 site project which also includes play areas in Llys Y Fran, Llyn Brenig and Llandegfedd. The four sites each of which total in the region of 75k were completed in stages and Elan Valley was the first to be installed.
Wicksteed continues to invest in both machines and personnel and with a recent purchase of a 190k state of the art CNC router, the Northamptonshire-based play and sports equipment manufacturer is now able to allow customers even more bespoke products in terms of unique design.
Introducing the new Learning ACTIV Zone (LAZ) from children's play design experts, Wicksteed Playgrounds! The LAZ is an educational product which uses technology to encourage both physical movement and learning in a fun and interactive way.
With the topic of space very much at the forefront this year since Tim Peake's incredible space mission, Wicksteed has unveiled a cosmic Rockscape at Victoria Park in Basildon!
With recent investment in its UK production facilities, Wicksteed Playgrounds has also invested in its future generation of skilled engineers through an Apprentice Scheme with training and development specialist, NITAL. Wicksteed is currently working with two apprentices who are fully employed at the company.
What better way for adults to totally connect with their young toddler when at the playground than to be able to sit right opposite them on a swing! Wicksteed is now launching the Memory Swing which will enable parents and children to create new memories together as they interact face to face whilst gently swinging back and forth.
Derbyshire's National Tramway Museum in the popular village of Crich is a bit of a hidden gem and investment in a revitalised outdoor play area here has improved facilities enormously. The Museum has had an outdoor play area for many years, however, it was recently identified that some elements needed updating and that almost a complete replacement was required and Wicksteed ticked all the boxes.
Wicksteed is the forerunner of bespoke play design and equipment in the UK and has the facilities to be able to create unique, one- of-a-kind play areas that can be tailor made to suit any environment and space.
Wicksteed supports the NFPGS (National Federation of Parks & Green Spaces) and Sales Director, Stuart Wetherell together with Area Sales Manager, Simon Burke, attended the first ever Love Parks Conference and Awards Ceremony in Nottingham on the 18 March. Aimed at bringing together community groups, volunteers and relevant organisations and businesses to raise awareness of the importance of parks and green spaces, the Love Parks Conference also provided the ideal opportunity to hand out some awards at the end of the event in nine different categories.
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