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Ustigate Ltd

API member Ustigate Waterplay have specialised in the design, build and maintenance of indoor and outdoor water play facilities for 58 years and have proudly completed over 150 water play installations in the UK to date. Products designed, developed and manufactured by global leading partners Vortex Aquatic Structures International Inc and wiegand.waterrides engage all ages and abilities in inclusive and active water play. The majority of the products are made from sustainable and recyclable stainless steel and provided with a 25 year warranty. There are over 150 above ground Splashpad® products and thirty ground sprays in the Vortex portfolio; available in colour choices and collections to suit every environment and pace. Insulation is also offered for exterior waterslides. 

Whether it be a splash pad or a flume inside an indoor leisure centre or a splash pad and an Elevations™ in an outdoor recreation ground, the water play activities engage movement via climbing, sliding, pushing, pulling, turning, twisting, spinning and splashing. The benefits include building water confidence, sensory play and promoting physical and mental wellbeing through interactive, collaborative and cognitive play. When water play is provided in a splash pad concept without any water depth there is no need for a lifeguard and all of the activities are 100% safe and accessible for everyone to enjoy. In modern day where we are all being drawn to technology aided tools for education and tasks, it has never been more important to step away from our digital devices to communicate, socialize and exercise and water play offers us the opportunity to tick all of these boxes to promote our good health. 

In 2022, the API (Assocation of Play Industries) shared 1 in 8 UK households do not have a garden and this rises to 1 in 5 in London. Obesity and diabetes is an ongoing public health concern and it is imperative that children are provided with good places to move indoors and outdoors. Together we can make a positive difference in ensuring all ages and abilities have facilities to play.

In June 2023 Studio Ludo published the National Study of Playgrounds with research data formed from 60,000 people and 100 playgrounds in the UK and USA. The dataset is a current picture of behavior and user preferences in play environments and one of their findings discovered physical activity for children was increased by 80% with water play.

Event Diary

This year, Total Telecom’s Connected Britain is celebrating its 10th anniversary, marking a decade of networking, innovation, and collaboration. The conference is now the UK’s largest digital economy event, set to welcome over 7,500 delegates from the telecoms industry and beyond to discuss the hottest topics at ExCel London on September 11–12. 

DTX brings together creative minds and technology practitioners with the tools needed to drive change, enhance experiences and improve efficiencies across today’s organisations.

The countdown to the Environmental Services & Solutions Expo (ESS Expo) is on! As the UK’s largest environmental gathering, ESS Expo is set to take place on 11-12 September 2024 at the NEC, Birmingham.