Introducing Playways Hex Tower climbing frames
Over the years we’ve made a wide variety of different play structures. It often takes a few iterations of a custom project to arrive at a new product that we can introduce to our standard range. That is beginning to happen with our Hex Towers.
One of the first projects Playways made around 13 years ago was to build a castle playstructure for a holiday attraction in Devon. This was the origin of the first Hex tower, 6 sides, one accessing a bridge, the other 5 having activities on them.
We repeated this idea for a local school, but beyond that the Hex towers remained an interesting concept idea. That is until recently, when the theme was resurrected for a garden build for a project near Guildford in Surrey. This Hex tower climbing would be rather different. For a start the structure had a roof. Getting the 6 faces of the Hexagonal roof was a bit of a challenge for our carpenters at first but as with all things we do we managed to design and build a well proportioned roof that worked overall with the structure and fitted in with the existing design style that we have established at Playways. We did decide that next time it would be made in more than one piece though as it was rather heavy to lift into place!
Although this structure was a standalone unit it became the plan to develop a range of configurations to suit different spaces, specification levels and of course budgets. It was an interesting development for us to build a den that wasn’t a fully enclosed playhouse, rather, a more open shelter with some sides closed so that there is a feeling of enclosure, but a general openness to facilitate more active play and also visibility for parents from the ground.
As is often the case, upon showing a customer the pictures of this tower we were able to imagine developing a larger playstructure that had bridge to an open tower, with more activities and more space for a number of children to play.
We’ve made a number of these tower combinations in different ways recently, to the point where we’ve been able to put together a range. The example below has both towers with timber roofs.
Finally, in this spectacular project, we combined a Hex tower with a much larger playcentre that also feature a Damson, as well as different height towers and activities for children of different ages. This whole project also had a castle theme, as well as the castellations around the tower the roof was cedar shingle, to tie it in with the other roofs of the structure.
Pricing for the Hex tower range of playcentres
Individual Hex tower, with slide, climbing wall, monkey bars, fireman’s pole and steps. Including a ladder and hatch from the lower deck into the upper open den. £4250
Hex tower with a bridge to an open square tower, with slide, climbing wall, monkey bars, fireman’s pole, scramble net and steps. Including a ladder and hatch from the lower deck into the upper open den. £6195
Hex tower with a bridge to a square tower with roof, with slide, climbing wall, monkey bars, fireman’s pole, scramble net and steps. Including a ladder and hatch from the lower deck into the upper open den. £6495
All prices are inclusive of VAT and are plus delivery and installation.