The brief was to supply and install a ship-themed playground which would reflect the history of the site and pay homage to the lido that used to be there in the 80s and 90s. When working on the brief our designers kept a waterpark theme in mind, adding dolphins and nautical-themed elements where possible.
There was also a heavy element of landscaping involved, giving visitors space to sit, play, relax, and watch over their children. With this in mind, KOMPAN were asked to supply a hard-wearing and natural-looking playground, which is why we chose the Robinia range. We wanted the play area to flow (like water) and so we designed it in ‘zones’ which mirrors the journey children go on from toddler through to tween age range.
Location: Welwyn Garden City, England
Date of Installation: July 2020
Age Group: 4+
Product Range: Robinia
Project Value: £200,000
The result was a giant Robina ship which acts as a focal point. It has been hand-crafted and painted, and features many different elements including; multiple slides, net climbers, climbing walls, rope bridges, lookout tower, multiple access and egress points, fireman’s pole, and free play, amongst other fun elements.
The ship allows for huge capacity play, allowing users of all age ranges to play in harmony. KOMPAN were also mindful to ensure the play area was fully inclusive, and installed inclusive swings, You & Me swing, low-level play stations, basket swing, spinner bowls, and supernova elements to name just a few.
KOMPAN was involved in monthly progress meetings which helped to address any question points and avoid any unforeseen issues. This in turn ensured a smooth delivery. We worked with the main contractor, Ground-Control, who were appointed by the council. Communication was key throughout this project and the effort gone into the planning, is evident in the result.
“Honestly, I am struggling to write how overwhelmingly pleased I am with KOMPAN and the outcome of this project. As with every other project I have worked with KOMPAN on, it was flawless. The council’s aspirations for the redevelopment of the former lido site was to deliver a 20-year promise of providing wet play, free of charge, whilst still providing a facility which could be used 365 days of the year. During our first week of being open, we recorded over 7000 visitors to the park, with many more thousands being turned away. We have even had to create an app to allow for pre-booking. Thank you KOMPAN!”
Property Development Team Leader, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Hertfordshire, Welwyn AL8 6WW, England