API Latest Newshttp://www.api-play.orgAPI Latest NewsTue, 30 May 2017 07:15:58 GMTCreative Play Team up with GEFCOhttp://www.api-play.org/creative-play-team-up-with-gefco<p>GEFCO, a global logistics company for manufacturers, regularly organize team building exercises and this year, rather than spending huge amounts of money on the usual activities, decided to do something memorable locally, that would leave a lasting memory.<br /> <br /> Therefore, they decided to assist a local school with their outdoor play development which would make a difference to the children attending the school by choosing something that would stimulate the imagination of the children, who have many challenges.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlaygefco%202-web.jpg" style="width: 600px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded center-block" /></p> <p>Following this GEFCO contacted Creative Play UK, one the UK's leading playground companies, to support them with this activity. GEFCO had already decided they wanted to provide a Pirate Ship to encourage role play for the school, all of which GEFCO were funding!<br /> <br /> GEFCO were attracted to the fact Creative Play UK manufacture all of their equipment, resulting in the company having the best amount of knowledge and assurance of high quality.<br /> <br /> Paul Gambino, Creative Play&rsquo;s Business Development Manager, had the responsibility of liaising with GEFCO to ensure all requirements were met, as this wasn&rsquo;t a usual enquiry. "As we provide an all-round service of design, manufacture and installation, I was certain we could assist GEFCO with their kind gesture to the school."</p> <p>Paul continued <em>"We provided GEFCO with a competitive price for our Captain ship with safety surfacing, which were extremely happy with our proposal. Creative Play UK worked closely during the installation process with the GEFCO team to ensure the equipment was installed to the safety standards required, and allowing them to work with our installation team during the team building exercise"</em></p> <p>Paul Gambino went on to say <em>"we had tight deadlines to meet, wanted to ensure these were all met to the clients satisfaction. It was a great experience working with all at Gefco and for such a great cause. It goes without saying that we were delighted to have been asked to provide our services&rsquo;. There were many other different projects going on within and around the play area, and Creative Play UK were extremely happy to have been invited to be a part of that process"</em><br /> <br /> Helen Grover, UK HR Director at GEFCO, had the following to say:<br /> "<em>This year rather than spend huge amounts of money on the usual team building events like building rafts or working out how to get from one side of a river to another using only a pole and a piece of paper, we wanted to do something lasting, memorable and exceptional. We had the idea of working with a local school who needed a new secondary play area. The school has some amazing pupils who have many challenges, and they wanted something that would stimulate their imagination."<br /> </em><br /> <em>"Our biggest challenge was finding a contractor who would be willing to work with us as we wanted to not only buy the equipment for the school but also build it. Many of the companies we spoke to didn&rsquo;t want to get involved and blocked us. However Creative Play were amazing. From beginning to end they bought into what we were trying to achieve, I only wish we have contacted them earlier. They gave us a really competitive price on the equipment but what I really liked was they also manufacturer the equipment which means they know everything about it. They only had 4 weeks to turn it all around, and they hadn&rsquo;t even seen the site. We had lots of challenges along the way with other contractors but Creative Play helped up remove all the blockers. They went over and above what we asked of them and on the team building event they helped all our staff and also on the extra projects we had in the play area. They are a great team to work with, we had fun and they became part of the team. Above all they were professional, delivered on time and were amazing with the school and children, working around breaks and reducing noise to a minimum, being flexible and even enjoying school dinners with us!<br /> <br /> Thank you so much to Creative Play UK, we look forward to doing more work with you in the future."<br /> </em></p> <p>Learn more about Creative Play UK view: <a href="http://www.creativeplayuk.com">www.creativeplayuk.com</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> 22 May2017</p>Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/creative-play-team-up-with-gefcoeibe’s Lime Cordialhttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-lime-cordialBased in Sutton on the border of Greater London and Surrey, Limes College works with students and<img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/eibe-Limes%20(4)-web.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 223px; float: right; margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-left: 10px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /> families to overcome adversity in order to succeed. Supporting students so that they can achieve their potential, sometimes against all odds, this special educational establishment believes you have to 'Overcome to Become' a motto that stems from project work undertaken by Year 11s and a guest speaker.<br /> <br /> Building on such inspiration, eibe is delighted to unveil a new play scheme at the college featuring some outstanding equipment. The idea came as a result of a previous project in 2011 at the Amy Johnson Adventure Play Area. When the playground moved to the local school, the Head Teacher was disappointed to lose the products; when Limes College bought the building, they wanted the same, original equipment installed.<br /> <br /> So, at a cost of &pound;40,000, Limes College now showcases a Santa Maria Ship, an ibondo Rome play tower and a Pogo Hand Climbing Ladder. Working alongside Business Manager, Nigel Bennett, eibe has delivered a super mix of play products that will enhance the college&rsquo;s reputation and continue its ongoing care and support for children with behavioural issues.<br /> <br /> Learn more at <a href="http://www.eibe.co.uk">www.eibe.co.uk</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Date:</strong> 15 May 2017<br />Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-lime-cordialOutdoor Classroom Dayhttp://www.api-play.org/outdoor-classroom-day<p>So as you may already know Creative Play are currently giving 10% off a selected range of Outdoor Classrooms up until the upcoming Outdoor Classroom Day on Thursday 18th May.</p> <p><a href="https://creativeplayuk.com/grab-10-off-outdoor-classrooms-can-outdoor-classroom-day-coming/ ">https://creativeplayuk.com/grab-10-off-outdoor-classrooms-can-outdoor-classroom-day-coming/ </a><br /> <br /> <strong>BUT!!!!! That&rsquo;s not all&hellip;&hellip;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong></strong><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Outdoor%20Classroom%20Day-web.jpg" style="text-align: center;" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Creative Play are giving one lucky school the chance to win one of our 5m Octavia Shelters worth &pound;7,987!<br /> <br /> The Octavia Shelters Complete includes seats, sides and flooring, perfect for taking those lessons outside! <br /> <br /> Entering is so simple, just follow the steps below:<br /> 1. Visit Creative Play&rsquo;s Facebook page:<a href=" https://www.facebook.com/CreativePlayUk/"> https://www.facebook.com/CreativePlayUk/</a><br /> 2. Share the Outdoor Classroom Day Competition post<br /> 3. Comment on the post with your School name<br /> 4. Like the Creative Play Facebook page! <br /> <br /> Could it be any easier&hellip;..<br /> Want to know the best part? You can enter as many times as you want!!!!!!!! Also, get the parents involved as they can enter too and win this great prize for their child&rsquo;s school!<br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t miss the chance to win one of the best prizes Creative Play have ever given away! <br /> <br /> The winner will be announced on the Facebook page on <strong>Thursday 18th May 2017.</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>*Terms &amp; Conditions* </strong><br /> Includes delivery and installation of product.<br /> You can only enter the competition through our Facebook post.<br /> Installation available to Schools only. This includes Academies, Specialist Schools etc.<br /> Grounds need to be flat and level for installation.<br /> Area Size Required: 6m x 6m<br /> Please ensure you complete all the steps stated above otherwise your entry will not be valid.<br /> Entries from UK Mainland only.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Date:</strong> 15 May 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/outdoor-classroom-dayProludic celebrate National Children’s Day in stylehttp://www.api-play.org/proludic-celebrate-national-childrens-day-in-style<p>National Children&rsquo;s Day UK (NCDUK) is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children in order to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults.</p> <p>This year National Children&rsquo;s Day UK took place on Sunday 14th May and people can run any kind of big or small event that they want for the week up to and including the day. From small family get-togethers to local community events and talks &ndash; it&rsquo;s a great opportunity for people to raise awareness and support for projects they are running or things that they care about.<br /> <br /> The theme this year was topical given that inactivity levels among children in the UK is high. It&rsquo;s also recently come to light through the API&rsquo;s (Association of Play Industries) <a href="http://www.api-play.org/upload/public/Nowhere%20to%20Play/NowheretoPlayFinal.pdf">Nowhere2Play </a> campaign that hundreds of free and accessible play facilities across the UK (that offer children the chance to get out and be active) are closing, with the main reason being down to budget cuts.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Proludic-Rushcliffe26-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/PoludicRushcliffe-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/ProludicRushcliffe58-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> To celebrate this great day and our own local facilities;<a href="http://www.proludic.co.uk/"> Proludic, </a>leading play and sports manufacturer based in Nottinghamshire; took their families out to <a href="http://www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/rushcliffecountrypark/">Rushcliffe Country Park</a> for a picnic and some much needed play time.<br /> <br /> Fortunately, the weather was booked as well and the day was a great success. It showed first-hand how important local facilities are and that they must continue to be used by all communities to force change.<br /> <br /> Rob Baker, Proludic Managing Director comments&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;It was great to see the wider Proludic family coming together to help raise awareness around the core values that the National Children&rsquo;s Day is championing. All of the staff at Proludic are extremely passionate about what we do and gatherings like this clearly showcase that this extends to their wider families. We all had a fun few hours, along with 300 plus other members of the general public, at a fantastic facility within a Country Park setting that we are delighted to have designed &amp; installed about six years ago; less than a mile from our new UK headquarters.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>It&rsquo;s just another reason why we are all so proud to work for a company that genuinely cares about what we do, where we can make a difference &amp; we deliver on that promise&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> For any more information on Proludic and the services they offer, please contact 0115 982 3980 or visit their website at <a href="http://www.proludioc.co.uk ">www.proludic.co.uk </a></p> <p><strong>Date: </strong>15 May 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/proludic-celebrate-national-childrens-day-in-styleMumsnet take up the #Nowhere2Play campaignhttp://www.api-play.org/mumsnet-take-up-the-nowhere2play-campaign<p><strong>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/upload/public/api-logo.gif" style="float: right;" /></strong></p> <p><strong>PRESS RELEASE &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br /> <strong>Date:</strong> 11 May 2017&nbsp;</p> <p>Mumsnet, the website which campaigns on issues affecting parents, is today launching #Nowhere2Play as one of its <a href="https://www.mumsnet.com/campaigns/guest-campaigns-may-2017?utm_source=Twitter&amp;utm_medium=Tweet&amp;utm_campaign=thread%20guest%20campaign%20may"><strong>Guest Campaigns</strong></a><strong>.</strong><br /> <br /> Chair of the Association of Play Industries (API), Mark Hardy, says: "<em>We&rsquo;re delighted that Mumsnet, an organisation with massive reach and influence, is supporting <a href="http://www.api-play.org/news/nowhere2play-campaign"><strong>#Nowhere2Play.</strong></a><br /> <br /> "It&rsquo;s an issue which touches so many families. Across England, communities are being affected by the closure of local playgrounds. Without this campaign, they might have thought these closures were isolated when, in fact, play spaces are disappearing on a large scale.<br /> <br /> "Our research revealed that between 2014/15 and 2015/16 local authorities across England closed 214 children&rsquo;s playgrounds, with plans to close a further 234 &ndash; that&rsquo;s 448 places in which children can play that have disappeared in England alone. <br /> <br /> "We are in the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic and study after study has shown that the provision of play spaces is essential to keep children active. Lack of physical activity is a root cause of childhood obesity, so the alarming decline in play provision in England is an issue that none of us can afford to ignore any longer."</em><br /> <br /> Mark goes on to highlight the inequality of children&rsquo;s access to play spaces. <em>"Many children don&rsquo;t have gardens in which to play and indeed, it&rsquo;s the most deprived communities that are hit hardest by these cuts. We also know that it is in precisely these areas that childhood obesity is most prevalent."</em><br /> <br /> There are implications too for children&rsquo;s mental well-being. &lsquo;One-fifth of children experience mental health difficulties and without access to play children can&rsquo;t develop the emotional, social and cognitive skills necessary for healthy development. More evidence emerges all the time about the positive association between physical activity, play and mental health.<br /> <br /> <em>"We hope that #Nowhere2Play will push play back up the political agenda. We want a clear and unequivocal show of support from government to reinvest in playgrounds to halt their decline and secure their future for generations to come.<br /> <br /> &lsquo;We are now asking for parents, families and communities to tell us about their local playground closures, so we can demonstrate the often profound effect these closures can have. If your playground has closed or has been earmarked for closure by your local authority, then please do get in touch with us."</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>------ End -----<br /> <br /> </strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">API Media Contact: Deborah Holt, Association Manager, 024 7641 4999 <a href="mailto:deborah.holt@api-play.org ">deborah.holt@api-play.org </a><br /> <br /> <strong>Notes to editors:</strong><br /> The Association of Play Industries (API) <a href="http://www.api-play.org">www.api-play.org</a> is the lead trade body within the play sector and campaigns at the highest levels for policy recognition of the, representing the interests of the manufacturers, installers, designers and distributors of both outdoor and indoor play equipment and safety surfacing. Founded in 1984 the API currently has 65 members. <br /> <br /> Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/apiplay">@apiplay </a><br /> <br /> The API operates under the umbrella of the Federation of Sports and Play Associations (FSPA), the national trade body responsible for representing 13 Associations in the UK&rsquo;s sport and play industries. <a href="http://www.sportsandplay.com ">www.sportsandplay.com&nbsp;</a></p>Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/mumsnet-take-up-the-nowhere2play-campaignWicksteed Playgrounds Aims High for World’s Tallest Building!http://www.api-play.org/wicksteed-playgrounds-aims-high-for-worlds-tallest-building<p>Leading outdoor play and fitness experts, Wicksteed Playgrounds, has just won an exciting, international project to create a bespoke themed play area for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai &ndash; the world&rsquo;s tallest building!</p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed%20Iss%201%20Blue%20Stream%20Environmental%203-468x330.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed%20Iss%201%20Blue%20Stream%20Environmental-468x330.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-%20Iss%201%20Blue%20Stream%20Environmental%202-468x330.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Wicksteed will be working with one of the most prestigious developers in Dubai, Emaar, to create the bespoke play scheme which takes inspiration from the beautiful, artificial archipelagos that adorn the Dubai coastline and the &lsquo;Y&rsquo; shape which is synonymous with Burj Khalifa. References to the tallest building in the world have been incorporated into the design throughout, including a bespoke climbing wall, which the client really liked as it makes a strong connection to the unique building. The play area will be located above the car park and, to ensure correct load bearings, Wicksteed will use slightly different materials from its usual installation method in the construction of the play mound. <br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;We are delighted to work with one of Dubai&rsquo;s most prestigious developers on this project which will be completed over the next few months. As one of the experts in our field, international recognition for our creative and bespoke play areas has taken us to many countries and different environments around the world. We hope our project at the Burj Khalifa will allow us to continue to work with developer Emaar on other play projects in the region,&rdquo;</em> says Stuart Wetherell, Sales Director at Wicksteed. <br /> <br /> The Burj Khalifa, known as the Burj Dubai before its inauguration, is a mega-tall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It has a roof height of 828m and with antenna included is 829.8m, making it the tallest building and the tallest structure in the world. The Y-shaped tripartite floor geometry is designed to optimise residential and hotel space.<br /> <br /> For a free consultation from the team at Wicksteed, call 01536 517028 or visit <a href="http://www.wicksteed.co.uk">www.wicksteed.co.uk</a></p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> 10 May 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/wicksteed-playgrounds-aims-high-for-worlds-tallest-buildingAPI Membership Appoint New Executive Committeehttp://www.api-play.org/API-membership-appoint-new-executive-committee<p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.api-play.org/upload/public/api-logo.gif" style="float: right;" /><strong>PRESS RELEASE&nbsp;</strong><br /> <strong>Date:</strong> 08 May 2017</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The Association of Play Industries (API) held its Annual General Meeting on the 27th April 2017 and appointed seven <a href="http://www.api-play.org/about-us/api-whos-who">Executive Officers</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Three new candidates were appointed for a two-year period - Steve Sylvester, MD Kompan UK, Mark Wood, MD of Playforce Ltd and Bill Worthington, General Manager Abacus Playgrounds. <br /> <br /> Rob Baker, MD of Proludic, Mark Grace, MD HAGS SMP; Helen Jones, MD of RTC Safety Surfaces; Andrew Sparrow, MD of Fenland Leisure and Charlie Howard, MD Wicksteed Playgrounds have also been elected for a further two-year tenure.<br /> <br /> API Chair Mark Hardy says:<em> &ldquo;Our Executive Committee is a team of passionately committed play industry experts who dedicate their time and efforts for free to improve quality and standards, and to lead the industry&rsquo;s campaigning to raise the profile of play amongst policy makers. We&rsquo;re delighted to appoint all seven of the nominees proposed by our membership. The new officers have over 25 years&rsquo; experience within the play industry and are subsequently well placed to promote the benefits of play and the API membership."</em><br /> <br /> Members of the Executive Committee remaining in position for a further twelve months are Michael Hoenigmann, Vice Chair, Jupiter Play and Leisure; Vicki Braithwaite, Pennine Playgrounds. <br /> <br /> At this year&rsquo;s AGM Dinner &pound;230 was raised for <a href="https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/fundraisinghub">Children in Need </a>- this year&rsquo;s chosen charity. <br /> <br /> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>------Ends-----</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">API Media Contact: Deborah Holt, Association Manager, 024 7641 4999 <a href="mailto:deborah.holt@api-play.org ">deborah.holt@api-play.org </a><br /> <br /> <strong>Notes to editors:</strong><br /> The Association of Play Industries (API) <a href="http://www.api-play.org ">www.api-play.org </a>is the lead trade body within the play sector and campaigns at the highest levels for policy recognition of the, representing the interests of the manufacturers, installers, designers and distributors of both outdoor and indoor play equipment and safety surfacing. Founded in 1984 the API currently has 65 members. <br /> <br /> Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/apiplay">@apiplay </a> <br /> <br /> The API operates under the umbrella of the Federation of Sports and Play Associations (FSPA), the national trade body responsible for representing 13 Associations in the UK&rsquo;s sport and play industries. <a href="http://www.sportsandplay.com">www.sportsandplay.com</a> <br /> <br /> <br /> </p>Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/API-membership-appoint-new-executive-committeeChester Firm Celebrate Opening of New Playground for Rhug Estate http://www.api-play.org/Chester-firm-celebrate-opening-of-new-playground-for-rhug-estate<p>A CHESTER firm helped celebrate the opening of a new playground which they built for the North Wales Rhug Estate of Lord Newborough.<br /> <br /> Lord Newborough asked a group of schoolchildren to be the first to test out the new &pound;11,000 playground which was designed, manufactured and installed by Creative Play based on Sealand Road.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6 col-md-3"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayrhug-5%20468x306.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6 col-md-3"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayrhug-16%20468x306.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6 col-md-3"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayrhug-18%20468x306.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6 col-md-3"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayrhug-3%20468x306.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> <br /> The Rhug Estate owner and his dog Truffles were at the official opening with pupils from nearby Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy who he invited to give it a no holds barred test run.<br /> <br /> Lord Newborough said: <em>&ldquo;Our aim was to offer a safe, entertaining and durable place for children to play when accompanying their parents to our much loved shop and restaurant facilities. </em><em>From the cries of enjoyment heard today, I think we have achieved our goal. I am sure it will become an extremely popular and welcome addition to Rhug Estate Organic Farm Shop and one which I hope will be much enjoyed by families for years to come.&rdquo; </em><br /> <br /> Developing children&rsquo;s physical fitness, sporting and cognitive skills is an integral part of the design process at Creative Play, where a team of 100 staff see each development through from consultation, design and manufacture to installation and maintenance.<br /> <br /> Creative Play Sales Director David Esser, who was at the special event, said his design team focused on giving the play area a rustic theme in keeping with the farm location and rural environment of Rhug Estate. He said: <em>&ldquo;We felt thrilled and honoured to win this prestigious opportunity to create a new playground for the Rhug Estate farm shop.&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve used our new Jigsaw range of play equipment and coloured them in rustic browns and beige tones which have a nice country feel. We&rsquo;ve concentrated on the four to 11 age group with all abilities in mind, and, in consultation with the Rhug Estate team, selected equipment which our past experience has shown most suit that age range. This includes the popular central climbing towers, rope bridges, slides, A-symmetrical stairways, climbing walls and the bison shaped springer seats. The idea is that all the elements can be used by more than one child at any given time so no-one is left out or hanging about waiting for their &lsquo;go&rsquo;."</em><br /> <br /> Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy pupils Ffranc Vaughan Evans, Ilan Roberts and Edward Huw Francis, all aged nine, declared the play area was first class.<br /> <br /> Ffranc said: <em>&ldquo;I love the bison chairs and having a go on the climbing wall,&rdquo; </em>while his friend Edward agreed that being a VIP at its opening ceremony was simply &lsquo;the best lesson ever!&rsquo;<br /> <br /> Their teacher, Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy assistant headmistress, Catrin Phillips, said the school, located in Cynwyd, near Corwen, was honoured to be special guests for the occasion and pupils had been looking forward to it all week.<br /> <br /> She said: <em>&ldquo;The play area has certainly met all their expectations. What is so good about it is that there is something for all ages, no one is left out or unable to participate on the equipment. One of our pupils has cerebral palsy but she was able to join in just as much as all her classmates. The bark used as a flooring surface is so soft and safe, and each piece of equipment is quality made, the children are loving it all. You can just tell that a lot of thought has been put into the ove</em>rall design to make it coherent, fun and a great place for children to share the play experience.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Estate managers at Rhug Estate decided they needed a state-of-the-art amenity to replace the previous playground which needed updating and upgrading.<br /> <br /> Rhug Estate Ltd general manager Graham Webster said: <em>&ldquo;We had the old play area built some years ago and it was beginning to show signs of wear. We considered repairing it but quickly concluded that a much better option was to start again from scratch and invest in a much more inspiring and modern alternative. When the skilled design team from Creative Play visited our site we were immediately impressed with their visionary approach and suggestions for incorporating some bespoke elements.</em><br /> <em>They have subtly included our logo, carved into the central piece of equipment, and the rocker seats, which the younger children really love, are in the shape of our famous wild bison. Finely considered details like this have given the facility the classic Rhug Estate stamp which we were looking for.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Rhug Estate, owned by Lord Newborough, comprises a 6,700 acres farm in Corwen, plus a further 1,300 acres at Ty Mawr on the Gwynedd coast. <br /> <br /> The farms supply much of the produce for the award-winning shop situated off the A5 at Corwen, Denbighshire. It includes the Rhug Estate organic bison, Welsh lamb, Welsh salt marsh lamb, chicken, geese, turkeys, and Aberdeen Angus beef.<br /> <br /> First opened in 2004 the shop has evolved into a prominent local resource and major tourist attraction, stocking more than 2,000 hand selected products with a real focus on Welsh, local and organic suppliers.<br /> <br /> Mr Webster said: <em>&ldquo;Many families stop here for a bite to eat or a coffee as they are passing through. Our outdoor bistro cafe is extremely popular so it was important to us to provide families with a safe place where their younger children in particular can let off steam and be kept happily entertained.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Each Creative Play playground is designed to suit the client&rsquo;s specifications, depending on their budget and location.<br /> <br /> All of Creative Play&rsquo;s equipment is designed and manufactured in Chester by the company&rsquo;s in house teams, who use state of the art equipment and each specialise in timber, plastic or metal. <br /> <br /> Creative Play&rsquo;s own teams install all of the equipment and surfacing to meet the requirements of the client and their own rigorous quality standards.<br /> <br /> For more information on Creative Play visit <a href="http://www.creativeplayuk.com ">www.creativeplayuk.com </a>or call 01244 375627. Facebook and Twitter <a href="https://creativeplayuk.com/">@CreativePlayUK</a><br /> <br /> For details and opening times of Rhug Estate Organic Farm Shop visit <a href="http://www.rhug.co.uk">www.rhug.co.uk</a>, tel: 01490 413000.</p> <p><strong>Date: </strong>08 May 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/Chester-firm-celebrate-opening-of-new-playground-for-rhug-estateBespoke play for Bellfield School, Birmingham http://www.api-play.org/bespoke-play-for-bellfield-school-birmingham<p>PlayQuest were asked by Great Outfloors (an artificial grass supplier and installer) to partner with them in designing, supplying and installing a bespoke trim trail and Toddler Town unit, all manufactured from Recycled Plastic.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/IMG-20170414-WA0003-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded center-block" /><span class="img-responsive img-rounded center-block">​</span>After consultation between ourselves and the school, the equipment was confirmed and installation carried out during the week of 10th April 2017.<br /> <br /> We removed and disposed of the old timber equipment, and installed our new recycled plastic play equipment, along with our Blue PlayBond surfacing around some of the equipment. Great Outfloors then installed Artificial Grass around the rest if the equipment and designated play area - and the overall finish looks fantastic and will provide the pupils of Bellfield School with an outstanding, very long-lasting play area for years to come.<br /> <br /> PlayQuest have been manufacturing play equipment for over 17 years and offer a 25-year warranty on their recycled plastic products - contact us on 01745 561117 or visit <a href="http://www.playquest.co.uk">www.playquest.co.uk</a> for further information.</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> 03 May 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/bespoke-play-for-bellfield-school-birminghamWoodley School and College to create a Sensory and Physical Development Areahttp://www.api-play.org/woodley-school-and-college-to-create-a-sensory-and-physical-development-area<p>Woodley School and College in Huddersfield will be working with the UK&rsquo;s only employee-owned playground equipment company to build a new Sensory and Physical Development Area.<br /> <br /> Work has started on the project following a competitive tender and consultation process with children from the school helping to build their playground.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/SutcliffePlay-Woodley2468x312.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/SutcliffePlay-Woodley%203-468x312.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/SutcliffePlay-Woodley%201%20468x312.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> </p> <p>Teachers and pupils at the school have been very hands on during the design and consultation process. Pontefract based Sutcliffe Play invited teachers and pupils to get a behind the scenes look at Sutcliffe Play, including a tour of the factory to see how equipment is made and the chance to put equipment to the test on the playground outside the company&rsquo;s office.<br /> <br /> Woodley School and College has recently become a facility that caters purely for autistic children and is working with Sutcliffe Play to design not just an inclusive space but a space that specifically met the needs of the school and its users.<br /> <br /> The space will feature five key inclusive areas:<br /> <br /> 1) Music Zone<br /> 2) Active Zone<br /> 3) Climbing Zone<br /> 4) Quiet Zone<br /> 5) Daydream Den<br /> <br /> Kevin Sellwood at Sutcliffe Play says: &ldquo;We take consultation seriously here at Sutcliffe Play and what better way than to find out the thoughts of those that will be using it.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;By inviting the School Council to visit Sutcliffe Play it allowed our designers to see how they played on the various items of equipment and importantly it highlighted what would be suitable. It also gave the children the opportunity to see how play equipment is made and how much development goes in to manufacturing it.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Anne Lawton at Woodley School and College adds: <em>&ldquo;You can&rsquo;t underestimate the importance of play to a child&rsquo;s physical and emotional development. Woodley School is a local authority special school for 125 children aged 4-19 who all have complex needs. The introduction of the new Sensory and Physical Development Area will play a major role in supporting children with autism to extend their learning in a fun environment.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Learn more about Sutcliffe Play visit: &nbsp;<a href="http://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk/">www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk&nbsp;</a></p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> 03 May 2017</p>Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/woodley-school-and-college-to-create-a-sensory-and-physical-development-area