Pontefract Castle is a place of family-friendly adventure, with its wide open spaces in which to play and fascinating ruins to investigate.
Initial discussions with Historic England established that the play area should be castle themed in Robinia with no garish colours. It should fit into the footprint indicated and digging into the slope, where there is a high risk of archaeological finds, should be kept to a minimum where possible.
Once completed, the proposed play area would offer a well-rounded play experience, incorporating interesting, challenging and engaging play opportunities. All the major play movements of climbing, swinging, sliding, traversing, spinning, rocking and rotating elements should be included.
Location: Pontefract, England
Date of Installation: October 2019
Age Group: 4+
Product Range: Robinia
Project Value: £70,000
KOMPAN supplied, installed and completed the project successfully and within the agreed timescales for the council and the castle, allowing them to plan their official unveiling to the public. Our installation team worked with due care when constructing the play area and play equipment – fulfilling all the sensitive requirements, set out by Historic England in regards to excavations and spoil.
Site challenges were met and overcome through regular and consistent communication. Both client and customer were very impressed and excited to have the new play space open.
“This was a very exciting project for the council and people of Pontefract, as part of our decision to invest in creating a new play provision for the site. We were determined to create a unique, challenging experience to attract regular and new visitors to the site and I am delighted to say KOMPAN achieved this with ease, initially with their tender return then work- ing with us through design chang- es through a difficult installation/construction detail. Nothing was never a problem and communication was great – we even got daily update photos so we could share on our media plat- forms. I look forward to working with KOMPAN again in the future.”
Project Development Manager, Wakefield Council
Pontefract Castle, Wakefield WF8 1QH, England