The Firm

Is owned and managed by a graduate, five year craft apprentice  trained engineer with forty years' experience in industry and commerce, as well as in schools and colleges of further and higher education. Specializing in parish and district council play facilities, we have also carried out work in pubs, pick-your-own fruit farms, caravan and camping sites, village halls, schools, church halls and commercial crèches.

John Hicks was the only inspector named in the Deputy Prime Minister's Developing Accessible Play Space A Good Practice Guide as a source of expert advice in relation to technical, health and safety aspects of play.


We currently provide inspection , risk assessment, design and advisory services to schools in five midlands local education authorities

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The Associates

include a former RoSPA subcontracting  inspector, an OFSTED registered schools inspector, a professional archaeologist, and a former nursery and infant teacher as well as a specialist in early years education and children's play and development

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the business

was established in 1994. Since then, we have carried out hundreds of annual site inspections, post-installation inspections, pre-installation planning inspections, disability access audits, risk assessments and accident investigations in playgrounds and soft play areas

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We are a Birmingham-based company specialising in safety inspections and reports on play equipment in playgrounds and other environments. We also provide risk assessments, playground design consultancy, play area staff training, accident reports, expert witness services and disabled access audit services.

John Hicks is a founder member of the Register of Playground Inspectors International and is a Centre for Accessible Environments trained access auditor

With associates in every region of Britain, we can provide services at a fixed cost in any part of the country or in English-speaking communities abroad.