Job Done - Creation of play equipment

Project: Creating play kit for a Kettering school
Client: Brambleside Community Primary School
Contractor: Wicksteed Playscapes

Wicksteed Playscapes has involved a group of school pupils in the design of a new piece of playground kit.

Pupils from Brambleside Community Primary School, Kettering, had the chance to turn designers in a revamp of their playground.

Northamptonshire-based Wicksteed led a design project with 33 pupils from the school to find out what they would like to see in their playgrounds.

The project began in February with a visit to the Wicksteed factory in Kettering to see how the design and manufacturing processes work.

The nine- to 11-year-olds then let the creative juices flow and came up with a unique piece of play equipment, which they named Tropical Breeze.

Wicksteed managing director Phil Holden said the process had been a huge success: "We're talking directly with the kids and their input to design and product development is fantastic."

After creating a design concept, the pupils presented their ideas to a panel of judges including local entrepreneur Julie White, who has appeared on BBC show Dragons' Den.

Teacher Andrew Wood said: "This has been really exciting venture for us and the winning design team is very excited to see their piece of play equipment turned from a model into full size."

Wicksteed manufactured the winning design - a colourful roundabout - and it has been installed at the school. The firm has set up Play Teams to work with schools across the country on similar projects.


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