Ollerton & Boughton – UK’s Most Interactive Playground
Ollerton and Boughton are two joining towns. The two councils came together during the closure of the Nottinghamshire mines. Since, the town lost a lot of its personality. The town council decided it wanted to bring some life back to the community and create a brand new social hub. As a result, came the UK’s most interactive playground. Ollerton and Boughton requested an original outdoor play area that would drive the locals together. Our local sales & design consultant showed the council our interactive range, and they were hesitant. Although they wanted something new, our product we pitched caused concern as they were only familiar with traditional play. This new form of outdoor fun was unknown territory.
There is an unlimited amount of media our team could provide the council with showcasing this innovative form of play. However, nothing is more selling than to go and use a product in person. Our sales & design consultant took the council to their local interactive Sona Arch and they were instantly sold. Yalp’s product range completely reinvents the meaning of play. The council knew if it was to attract their team, it was undoubtedly going to appeal to their local community.
Choosing the right products
After the council visited their local interactive site, it was time to decide which products they wanted incorporated into their design. The team made the decision to purchase the entire range. The unique design, ability to update games, low maintenance, online monitor system and volume and time lock control helped persuade the council in their decision. The interactives are a revelation for play as they provide everything that has always been missing for park managers. This was exciting for the Council, as we were creating the UK’s most interactive playground.
Building the UK’s Most Interactive Playground
The Council purchased the entire Yalp interactive range. This decision allows children of all abilities to enjoy the outdoor play area. Each product is unique in it’s function, purpose and games. For instance, the Yalp Sutu is an interactive sports wall powered with sixteen panels that are activated when hit by a ball, stimulating children to be active and outside. The Yalp Memo is the most exciting piece of educational and physical play all in one interactive play set. The Yalp Sona is an audio-based game arch that encourages children to dance and have fun outdoors. Last but not least, the Yalp Fono is a DJ-table made especially for the outdoors. And coming soon… the Yalp Toro, which is a colourful and multi-functional sports field, where traditional goals have been replaced with interactive panels.
Opening the UK’s Most Interactive Playground
The site opened up to the playground mid-July 2017. The council have regularly monitored the products online since the opening. The community playtime hits above average compared to all products installed worldwide. We can monitor this on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. The locals are loving the new play area and have also shown a new level of respect for the area. In addition, the public have reported less anti-social behaviour since the opening. The council believes this is down to the time lock shutting the products down at 9pm.