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A brand new play area for a brand new hospital - NHS Orkney / Balfour Hospital

July 24, 2019

Wicksteed Playgrounds has brought an ocean adventure to NHS Orkney’s new Balfour Hospital. After a tender process in which Wicksteed faced tough competition from several other play companies, it was the oceanic themed Wicksteed design that came out on top.

NHS Orkney - Balfour Hospital

Bespoke Timber Play Ship

Wicksteeds design for the new Balfour Hospital featured a bespoke HMS Balfour timber play ship along with an eye catching surfacing design that is guaranteed to put a smile on many childrens faces.

Timber play ship

A fantastic array of playground products

The play area design is complemented with a smaller timber play ship for toddlers and some of Wicksteed Playgrounds best inclusive play products like a completely bespoke Inclusive Swirl Roundabout. Wicksteed Playgrounds prides itself on having the capability to offer tailor made bespoke play solutions for any play area.

NHS Orkney - Balfour Hospital

Customer Comment

Kirsty Francis who is Project Procurement Manager for NHS Orkney had this to say about the new play area,

“We were delighted with the process from design through to completion. The team were great to work with, very accommodating, listened to our requirements and all changes were made in a timely manner. The finished site was a true representation of the design. The installation all went to plan. There were a couple of small hiccups that were promptly dealt with by the team. We are delighted with the play area and the service that we received. – The play area has been well received, not only by patients and visitors at our new healthcare facility but also by the local community. Our vision was for a fully inclusive play area and the equipment has delivered on this. The coloured flooring and design is the standout product and lifts the whole area. We would be more than happy to recommend Wicksteed in the future.”

Timber play range

At Wicksteed we have a fantastic range of timber playground products suitable for a wide range of budgets. Our timber swings and multi-play units make a great addition to any natural play area. The Wicksteed timber play range features products suitable for toddlers through to teenagers.

Timber Multi-Plays for young children

Our Timber multi-play units for younger kids provide the right level of challenge and adventure for the age group. Products from the Young Explorer range are designed with an emphasis on maximising play value and incorporating a wide range of physical challenges, the Young Explorer Range of modular play systems is dynamic enough to challenge children of varying abilities within the under seven age group. Each multi-play activity unit combines the finest natural play grade timber with ropes, steps and ramps arranged to replicate tree climbing, rope swinging and crawling.

Timber play for Older Children

Our timber multi-plays for older children make an awesome centrepiece for any play area. Products like our Forest Multi-plays feature huge timber structures,  with net climbing walls, sky-high slides and challenging suspended net walkways to boot. Scarily high, chunky and quirky in design – with all the uprights, access and egress points deliberately angles, this exciting modular play unit range offers tricky challenges and conjures up a true sense of adventure and high spiritedness perfect for older children!


“Wicksteed were excellent from start to finish.  They listened to our requirements, made changes as requested & delivered & installed within tight timescales”. Kirsty Francis  – NHS Orkney


Written by: Andy Prentice
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