Every one of SIK-HOLZ products is unique. Irregularities in growth, grain, growth rings, knots and roots give their play equipment and play sculptures their individual character and make them special. The natural form and structure of the wood are preserved, and shape the development of the products
SIK-Holz the company
The company SIK-Holz® is a medium-sized owner managed business in Fläming, south of Berlin. In 1988, on the site of a dairy plant, we created a master woodworking workshop, with a specialisation on the planning, design and production of individual children’s play equipment using robinia wood. The name SIK-Holz® doesn’t just stand for unique robinia wood products, it also stands for around 200 people who make these products. These people are primarily cabinet makers, carpenters, and wood carvers, but we also employ metal workers, engineers, and commercial people. They all contribute to the success of the company due as they all bear a lot of responsibility. At SIK-Holz ® you will find all the business areas under one roof – from design, to production of the play equipment, to assembly on site. You can track a product from the raw timber stage to finished article through all the production areas.
One of the tasks of a playground designer is to create an eco-social environment with play elements in a multi-faceted and interesting way, so that play takes place in an age-appropriate and varied manner, and leads to a high quality visit to this playground. Here you will find a selection of our most popular play equipment, play sculptures and park equipment. These are products which are chosen time and again by playground planners when creating a play area. They encourage imagination, stimulate a variety of active play, and allow space for social contact.
Individual designs for play areas give an open space its own identity, its own story. All the playgrounds shown here become a theatre, a real stage, and the children become the actors. There is no script, and no director. The performance is called ”Play“, and the content is defined by the children’s imagination. For us, the creation of every playground is an adventure, a journey through time into childhood. Please join us on a trip on Noah’s ark, or a Viking longboat, journey through foreign lands and cultures in our playgrounds. There are many interesting stories to discover and create. Please ask us.
INCLUSIVE PLAY SPACES
Public open spaces are visited by people of all ages and with different abilities. Sensitive planning and participation processes are needed to enable them to engage in playful activities, movement and communication. With this brochure we would like to give suggestions on how it can be possible to open up the “room for manoeuvre” for a joint game.
The nursery age is a decisive life-stage, which determines how well children will communicate in future. Character and habits are formed in this phase, and interest in discovering the world awakes. Alongside our premium products you will find special play equipment which is reserved for use in nursery play areas. You can read more about planning and designing exterior children‘s play areas in our Nursery Playground brochure (link to brochure download below). This contains comprehensive information and shows many live examples of how to set up an outside play area in order to optimise the development of the children.
The school is an important element of our society. Everyone has spent a large proportion of their life at school. Alongside the home, school is where values, ability and attitudes are set for life. Within the school environment, the playground is of great importance. This space can also offer opportunities to learn, as well as room to move, creativity and social contact. Alongside our premium products you will find special play equipment which is reserved for use in school playgrounds. You can read more about planning and designing school playgrounds in our School Playgrounds brochure (link to brochure download below). This contains comprehensive information and shows many live examples of how to set up an outside play area in a school in order to optimise the development of the children and young people.
SIK-Holz® play equipment is made from the wood of the local robinia tree. The characteristics of the wood, combined with our know how, and our individual stock of artistic designs give a high degree of safety. In addition, good working conditions, a unified corporate identity and a highly motivated workforce ensure very good quality of our products. The safety of our play equipment and quality go hand in hand. This is why we had the industry standard for play equipment in mind, even at the design stage. The quality management system ISO 9001:2008 is firmly integrated into the fabric of our organisational structure. Compliance with safety standards is constantly checked by our staff. All standard equipment in our catalogue has a GS covering note – “Geprüfte Sicherheit“ or safety tested.
Abbreviation: ROB, according to DIN 4046 part 1
Botanical name: robinia pseudoacacia L.
Other names: false acacia.
Habitat: The robinia tree was introduced to Europe at the start of the 17th century. Its original home is the eastern part of North America. Today it is found in central and southern Europe.
The Wood: the robinia tree can grow up to 30m in height. The knot-free trunk is approximately 10m. The diameter of the wood is between 0.15m and 0.4m Individual trunks can reach a diameter of 0.8m or occasionally 1.0m. The trunks are often irregular, crooked, and forked. This is why the wood is not highly valued by foresters. A better location and planned care can improve quality considerably.
Characteristics: With a density of 0.75g/cm³ at wood humidity of 12-15%, robinia is one of the heaviest types of wood in Europe. Accordingly, the wood is also very hard, but at the same time very tough and elastic. Strength at break is significantly above that of oak. In line with DIN 68364, robinia is the only European wood in resistance class 1, In line with DIN EN 1176 it can be used for the construction of children’s‘ play areas without chemical wood protection.
Uses: ground and waterways (watermills, bridges) shipbuilding (planks, prows, ribs, rudder pins. Harbour facilities (dry docks, platforms): Food industry, (spirits barrels) others (mineshaft and springs, wheels….PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT)
Sustainability means the one hand, the quality of the products, to provide in the future. We train young people in three professions. However, sustainability also means to take out as much of nature, how she has time to regenerate. We act responsibly with the resources to which we manufacture for the need our products.