wooden playground equipment

A couple of weeks ago we organised and designed quite an ambitious project for the W. R. BERKLEY CORPORATION team to take on. They are currently building one of London’s newest skyscrapers called ‘The Scalpel’ and soon showed what can be done when a corporation from the city works hard to put something back into the community.

A big thank you to the whole Scalpel team for all of their hard work and funding.

old ford school bespoke climbing frame

Why Bespoke?

PlayEquip are best known for the service we provide for teachers, parents, landscape architects and architects. It’s often the case where someone comes to us with an idea of what they want, a budget and the willingness to make the most of every penny. Often people are unnerved about the the word ‘bespoke’. This shouldn’t be the case. We have found that this is in fact the most effective way of creating exactly what you need and utilising your budget most effectively. Instead of trying make something fit, surely it makes sense to design around the space you have.

Bespoke play structure sketch

 

We craft bespoke playground equipment from the same materials we create the our ‘off-the-shelf’ equipment from. For us, creating a climbing frame to fit a 6m x 5m area is no real difference to producing one to fit a 8m x 6m area. We construct all of our products here in the UK to order, which allow total flexibility in design. We are more than happy to create safe and robust playground equipment from a quick sketch and a chat. Be assured that all of our bespoke playground equipment is design by a play safety expert and crossed check by an independent play inspector during the design process and post completion. All playground equipment that me install and design adhere the the European Safety Standards EN 1176. We enjoy working closely with our clients to make sure absolutely every detail is taken care of.

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Bespoke playground equipment

Space is a premium, especially in the city. It’s vital to make the most of every square foot of space that you have. Through our years of developing some of the best climbing frames around, we believe that bespoke climbing frames and play structures is the only way to make the most of what you have got.

If you wanted a new kitchen, you wouldn’t try and make something fit, you would assess the house and it’s requirements and implement a design that suits your exact needs. With the high cost of playground equipment why would you try and make an off-the-shelf range fit in what little and valuable space you have? You’re probably now thinking the cost of this approach would be prohibitive? Well that’s where you’re wrong. Our wealth of knowledge of play design and expert knowledge of material use mean that the development of a bespoke climbing frame or structure is simpler and cheaper than you think.

bespoke structure drawing

If you wanted a new kitchen, you wouldn’t try and make something fit, you would assess the house and it’s requirements and implement a design that suits your exact needs. With the high cost of playground equipment why would you try and make an off-the-shelf range fit in what little and valuable space you have? You’re probably now thinking the cost of this approach would be prohibitive? Well that’s where you’re wrong. Our wealth of knowledge of play design and expert knowledge of material use mean that the development of a bespoke climbing frame or structure is simpler and cheaper than you think.
Bespoke climbing frame design
After a free consultation over a cup of tea, we will quickly formulate a plan that covers all of your requirements and maximum the potential of your budget. Our in-house design team and play safety experts* will create a concept drawing for your review free of charge. Final tweaks can then be made to the design until it’s perfect for your requirements.

Site Specific Design

We realise that most of our constructions are in sensitive locations. For this reason we create your bespoke climbing frames in modular units that can be transported from our UK workshop to site. This reduces time on site and provides a high finish in the controlled environment of a workshop.

Our UK workshop means that lead time for each project are dramatically reduced. Depending on scale, we can have a project on site within a few weeks of first contact. Construction phases can be completed within extremely short spaces of time, such as school holidays

Installation is quick, stress free and performed by our expert play specialists who have a wealth of knowledge of installation in schools, garden, parks and nurseries. We are well used to construction within root protection zones and do most excavations by hand, reducing noise and ensuring the least disruption as possible.

We believe that the old system of trying to make a square fit a circle is outdated. As the importance of play is realised more and more, we must provide the facility to make the most of it. If you a parent, teacher, architect, or third sector worker please get in touch for a chat and lets make a difference.

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* All bespoke climbing frame are built to the european safety standard EN1176

bespoke play structure design

When it comes to playground equipment, there are endless
suppliers and different types of products to choose from, leading people to
wonder if bespoke playgrounds are worth the investment. There are a number of
reasons why we believe that you should invest in a bespoke playground including
better value for money, and the expert knowledge that bespoke playground
suppliers like the team here at Play Equip has.

bespoke playground construction

You Will Get More for
Your Money

Although bespoke playground often cost more than their
off-the-shelf counterparts, they are well worth the investment because they are
guaranteed to be suited to your specific needs. This ensures that you get
exactly what you want for your money and that all of the equipment will use the
available space in the best way possible.

In the long term, it’s better to pay more to get exactly the
type of playground that you need, rather than paying less for playground
equipment that you are not truly satisfied with.

Building bespoke playground equipment

Promotes Active Play
for All Ages

We’ve already mentioned the benefits of active play, and we truly believe
that investing in a bespoke playground is the best way to get children outdoors
and using the equipment. Having designed a wide range of bespoke playgrounds
and outdoor fitness equipment, we have the expert knowledge to create a
playground that will be fun, engaging, and promote active play for either a
specific age group or design a public playground aimed at a wider range of
ages.

Custom playgrounds for parks

Why Choose Play Equip
for Your Bespoke Playground

To guarantee the safety of your bespoke playground, all of
our designer and builders are familiar with EN 1176, the European Playground
Equipment Standards. This ensures that no matter how you want your bespoke
playground to look, all of the equipment will be safe for children to use.

Another reason to invest in a bespoke playground created by
us is that we use natural materials wherever possible to create beautiful
equipment that will last for years to come without the unnecessary use of
chemicals. To achieve this, we use oak and larch timber as both wood types are
naturally resilient to rot, which means that they do not require chemical
treatments. This not only makes our bespoke playgrounds more
environmentally-friendly but also makes them safer for children to use.

To find out how you could benefit from one of our bespoke playgrounds, get in
touch
with our friendly team today.