Paul Mallinson

Paul Mallinson

Technical and Operations Director


Joined Playdale


About me:

Born in Lancaster but moved up to the Lake District when I was six. Studied Mechanical & Production Engineering for 4 years at Kendal and then Newcastle and joined Playdale full time when I finished my course. Became Technical Manager in 1994 and progressed to Technical & Operations Director in 2004. I have four children who are useful ‘Playground Test Engineers’. A keen mountain biker, a local footballer in my day, and I now coach the local junior team who my eldest son plays for.

 Best thing about my job:

I love seeing new products being designed, developed and implemented into production to a high standard of quality. Seeing our vast range of in-house designed products produced in the Playdale factory and successfully installed on thousands of play areas throughout the world gives a real sense of achievement, purpose and makes me feel proud of what we do.

Favourite playground:

Allithwaite Play Area. A good mix of Playdale products on a well used local play area in the village where I live. It provides a wide range of activities for all ages of children and it serves the local community well, including my own children.

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What our customers say...

The entire process has been managed perfectly.  Not only are the stations all good quality ,so have the communications and interactions off the whole team.  From initial response to my enquiry, it’s been a fantastic experience and the end to end management, comms and delivery have been second to none.

Army Aviation Centre

The play area sits very well into the landscape and all of the equipment is proving to be incredibly popular with a wide age range of children.  It has brought families and children out of their houses to play and socialise in just the way we had hoped for.  We have even had coverage in the local newspaper, the Biggleswade Chronicle, copy of printed and online articles attached with a couple of additional photos.  I also have several photos of the equipment without children which I will send separately and high res copies are available if you would like to use any in your own communications. In summary, the play area although small is a real achievement for Ickwell and we would like to thank you for your help in supporting us along the journey to making it a reality.  Playdale have provided us with an excellent service, design and quality installation which we are grateful for.

Jane Wilkinson, Northill Parish Council

I have worked with Playdale for almost 2 years now and can honestly say how helpful and professional they have been throughout that time. From helping me with the consultations through to the completed order after winning the tender, their experience has shone through. Harry and the team were incredibly patient with helping me to perfect the final design and I found their 3d designs were visually more appealing than the competition. They went all out to ensure our requirements were met and assisted wherever they could with our Play Area theming needs. I cannot wait to see the final installation! I have no hesitation in recommending Playdale for any new play area project.

Sandra Ramp,Treasurer for Friends of Coalville Park, Leicester

The Playdale team worked closely with us to develop a vibrant theme for our new adventure playground at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, which is a unique site. The designs presented by Playdale fitted in with our woodland and heritage environment really well. The installation of the new playground equipment came with complications including a challenging split level location, active protected wildlife and the Covid-19 lockdown but the Playdale team were flexible and were able to deliver a fantastic looking adventure playground area for us despite some challenges along the way. Our visitors are now enjoying the play equipment and the new bespoke tower units certainly complement the woodland surroundings and have the wow factor we were hoping to achieve.

Norfolk County Council – Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum of Norfolk Life