Suffolk Coastal Norse completes seaside park installation

Contract services provider Suffolk Coastal Norse were called in to create a leisure and recreation park as part of an upmarket housing development along the Felixstowe sea front.

The new accessible playground. Image: Supplied
The new accessible playground. Image: Supplied

Developer Bloor Homes initially called in the grounds division of Suffolk Coastal Norse to advise on the nature of the area and what was likely to grow there successfully. Once the development, named Martello Park, had been created, in April 2014 responsibility for all site maintenance and facilities development passed to Suffolk Coastal Norse.

The Ufford-based company began planning a number of improvements to the area, starting by enhancing the appearance of the landscaped sections, which are a mix of formal, semi-formal and naturalistic areas. It also commissioned the construction of an entrance arch and site signage.

In February 2015, following consultation and planning permission, work began on adding £150,000 of new play equipment and the creation of a £200,000 public convenience facility with outside showers.

Acting as project and procurement managers Suffolk Coastal Norse worked with equipment suppliers to design new play equipment, which needed to include disabled-access and inclusive-use equipment, and with local builders to construct the public convenience and showers. The facility was completed and available for public use at the end of May 2015.

The play area project also included rearranging the existing equipment at the northern end of the park and providing play safety matting. Wheelchair friendly picnic benches were also installed.

The team, led by general manager Mel West, worked closely with Suffolk Coastal District Council throughout the process.

"This was a very prestigious development and one that naturally involved consultation with a number of stake holders and interested parties," West said. "It was the shared vision, to make Martello Park both more attractive to visitors to the area and to become a valuable and exciting asset for the local community, which enabled the whole revitalisation to run so smoothly."

Suffolk Coastal Norse has the on-going contract with Suffolk Coastal District Council for the maintenance for the soft and hard landscaping in the park, maintaining and cleaning toilets, inspecting and maintaining play equipment, sweeping paths, emptying litter and dog fouling bins, management of the lighting contractor and enforcement activities relating to dog fouling and litter.

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