Welcome back to this festive look back at some of the projects we’ve undertaken this year.
It really has been a spectacular year for us. Over the last 12 months we’ve had some superb people join the team, and this has meant that we’ve been able to do even more of what we’re good at. It’s not us saying that either, this is something we hear regularly from our customers as we engage with them over the course of a project and installation. You can read part one of our top Playhouse and climbing frame projects of 2017 here.
7. A Forest Mega Playhouse Climbing Frame
The Forest Mega is one of our standard models. It’s worth a mention here though because it is by far our biggest seller. Whether its because it’s a deceptively large playcentre that fits into a relatively small footprint, or maybe that the 2 storeys of upper playhouse and lower den offer huge versatility in their usage. Or, maybe its because its jam packed with exciting features, it even has a ladder and hatch into the upper house just like a real treehouse.
8. Clubhouse Climbing Frame
We’ve been making our Clubhouse Climbing Frame for a number of years now and it has been refined to become the perfect solution for small to medium sized gardens. There are loads of activities included and it also has the playhouse underneath. We’re able to configure it in many ways to suit the space available.
Over the years we’ve made many projects for famous people, this was one of them which why it’s featured here, a particular sporting hero of mine.
9. An extended Otter playhouse with spiral slide in East London
This another model from our range that we’ve been developing and making variations of for a while now. It has a really compact footprint, and is perfectly suited to small town gardens, particularly where an open platform would provide a vantage point over neighbours gardens. Because the space under the extension is enclosed as well the playhouse actually has 2 internal rooms as well as the upper space. Whatever we make we’re always concerned with the overall look of the structure, the importance of this is magnified in a small garden where everything is visible and has an unavoidable presence. This playhouse looks stunning and is as much a garden feature building as it is a child’s plaything, and in these colours I thing think it looks fantastic
10. This year we went to the sun
Over the years we’ve been offshore a few times, to the Isle of Man and the Channel islands particularly, but building a large bespoke playcentre in an Olive Grove in Majorca was a different ball game altogether. Nevertheless, meticulous planning and great teamwork ensured that the project was completed in a very short timescale and completely without hitch. Tom and Jason even had a spare day to dip their toes in the Med and top up their tans.
11. How a reinstall of a Damson Mega Combo became a completely new and stunning play castle
About 3 years ago I visited a customer in a Leicestershire village and as a result we built a Damson Mega Combo for their children in the walled garden of where they lived. When they moved, with their daughter now older, and with a newborn baby as well their requirements had changed. And the space they had available had significantly increased. So we set to work reimagining their existing playcentre as a multi unit castle climbing frame, suitable for a number of children to play on whilst being of a wide range of ages.
This is another example of the use of a hexagonal tower to add interest and variation in shapes. The use of bolder colours gives the whole structure a real medieval tournament feel.
12. A Forest Mega Playhouse Climbing Frame
Our last project in this look back through the year, is also one of the last we completed this year. It also has the distinction of being the biggest, most spectacular commission we’ve ever undertaken.
As you can imagine we went through several iterations of design for this one. The castle was based one we’d built last year, which itself is featured on our website. We tried our existing house designs, particularly the Harvestwood House and Badger Lodge but decided that to complement the castle the house needed to have more of a manorial feel. I think, looking at the pictures, that we’ve achieved this. This is certainly a House design that we will be developing in the future.
We’ll be looking at some these projects in more detail in the coming months, so if you don’t already receive our newsletter you can sign up here.
In the meantime, from all of us at Playways, we hope you enjoy what’s left of the festive season and have a very happy New Year.