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 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

“From start to finish, Playdale has been exceptional. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Playdale and am already planning phase 2!”

Jacqui Davies, Clydey Cottages, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

“This is the third project our Academy Trust has undertaken with yourselves and as always the service has been excellent. We will definitely be working with you again.”

Jonathan Bell, Steel City Schools Partnership, Sheffield

We are absolutely delighted with the service we have been given and the finished product is amazing for our children to play on. Everyone that I spoke to at Playdale since I first made contact have been very supportive and the end product is exactly what we were looking for. Huge thanks to everyone at Playdale for these fantastic products.

Shaun Myers, Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School, Bishop Auckland