Project experience Public amenities
Services Planning advice
Design
Equipment sourcing
Surfacing
Year completed 2019
Client NHS
Contractor Wicksteed Playgrounds
 
 

Overview

A new inclusive play area at Birmingham Children’s Hospital was the culmination of several months of design and development between Wicksteed's in-house design team and the hospital.

Challenge

The previous play area didn’t offer the children enough play value and would only keep them engaged for short periods. As children can spend long weeks or months as patients it was vital that the design for the new play area was inclusive, colourful and packed full of sensory play features.

Sensory play

Birmingham Children’s Hospital new play area now caters for a wide age range of children of all abilities. The design features inclusive items such as the Swirl roundabout and Mini basket swing and a football/basketball area for ball games.

The hospital specified a sensory area so that there was a space for children who wanted ‘quiet time’. The sensory area has an artificial grass surface with seating, musical items and activity panels.

Electronic play

As well as an abundance of exciting new play equipment such as slides and roundabouts, the new play area at the hospital features Wicksteed's innovative electronic play equipment.

The Wicksteed E-Wall allows children to play educational, physical and interactive games against each other. Exercises and games are created with the E-Wall via an easy to use app. Children then answer the questions by running and jumping and hitting appropriate flashing satellite buttons.

Playground surfacing and mural

The play area is finished with colourful wet pour surfacing which includes a train track with train and carriage for imaginative play.

Surrounding the space is a huge bespoke mural featuring train tunnels and rolling countryside to let children’s imaginations run wild.

Working with the NHS

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is Wicksteed's second successful project the NHS in 2019. This project adds colourful spaces where children can, for a couple of hours at least, escape to fantasy worlds and go on their own adventure, or even just get a bit of quiet time to read their favourite book .


Overview

A new inclusive play area at Birmingham Children’s Hospital was the culmination of several months of design and development between Wicksteed's in-house design team and the hospital.

Challenge

The previous play area didn’t offer the children enough play value and would only keep them engaged for short periods. As children can spend long weeks or months as patients it was vital that the design for the new play area was inclusive, colourful and packed full of sensory play features.

Sensory play

Birmingham Children’s Hospital new play area now caters for a wide age range of children of all abilities. The design features inclusive items such as the Swirl roundabout and Mini basket swing and a football/basketball area for ball games.

The hospital specified a sensory area so that there was a space for children who wanted ‘quiet time’. The sensory area has an artificial grass surface with seating, musical items and activity panels.

Electronic play

As well as an abundance of exciting new play equipment such as slides and roundabouts, the new play area at the hospital features Wicksteed's innovative electronic play equipment.

The Wicksteed E-Wall allows children to play educational, physical and interactive games against each other. Exercises and games are created with the E-Wall via an easy to use app. Children then answer the questions by running and jumping and hitting appropriate flashing satellite buttons.

Playground surfacing and mural

The play area is finished with colourful wet pour surfacing which includes a train track with train and carriage for imaginative play.

Surrounding the space is a huge bespoke mural featuring train tunnels and rolling countryside to let children’s imaginations run wild.

Working with the NHS

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is Wicksteed's second successful project the NHS in 2019. This project adds colourful spaces where children can, for a couple of hours at least, escape to fantasy worlds and go on their own adventure, or even just get a bit of quiet time to read their favourite book .


 
 
 
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Wicksteed Leisure Ltd
Digby Street
Kettering
NN16 8YJ
Tel: 01536 517028
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