A recent project for the popular Kirkleatham Museum at Redcar illustrates perfectly how the Northamptonshire based company’s huge range of timber based products work so well in such settings.
Situated in the Tees Valley region of the north east of England, Kirkleatham Museum attracts thousands of visitors but the play area next to the cafe needed an upgrade, so Wicksteed was commissioned to enhance the site to facilitate improved facilities to increase enjoyment for all the family.
Work began on the play area whilst snow was on the ground and the Wicksteed team transformed the site into the inspiring, exciting and hugely appealing space being widely used today.
Wicksteed’s tactile and resilient timber products cater for a wide range of ages and abilities and fit into the natural surroundings perfectly. Landforms were created within the site to enhance the setting for some fantastic play equipment and natural elements such as rocks and logs edge the area to retain a really appealing overview. Children get the chance to try out timber trails, work off some energy whilst negotiating multi-play units such as the tricky twisted maze of the Pick Up Sticks or simply explore all the individual features of this inclusive space with the whole family.
Natural Heritage Co-ordinator for the museum, Karen Preston, was thrilled with the entire process and said: “From the initial meeting I had with Wicksteed regarding the development of the site to the final installation the project has been a seamless experience.
The whole team was an absolute dream to work with and fully prepared to make adjustments to the design to suit our needs where necessary.”
Karen continued, “Weeks before the play area opened we were receiving enquiries from excited parents who were planning children’s birthday parties around the opening. Since then, the site has been busy all day, every day - so much so that we have had to leave it open beyond our normal hours to accommodate the number of visitors! Many visitors have commented on the range of equipment on site and are impressed with the look and quality of the equipment.
We are very happy with the site and I feel Wicksteed took on board my initial thoughts and fully appreciated the site surroundings and advised on the most appropriate equipment.
The play area has definitely put Kirkleatham Museum site on the map, so thank you to all involved at Wicksteed!”