Another year has flown by and it doesn’t feel like a week since we decorated the Playsound offices with festive decorations last year. Quite how we’ve managed to pack in all that we’ve achieved we’ll never know, but it’s been another amazing 365 days here at Playsound. We’ve had some flagship playground projects installed that we are extremely proud of, as are the play area owners, and transformed the way children play throughout the UK. So with 2015 coming to a close we thought it would be nice to look at some of the highlights of the year.
A number of phased playground developments have been completed this year. Laycock and Girlington Primary School had vast areas of their playgrounds transformed with work finally finishing this year. Both schools made use of natural slopes to provide a physical and exciting challenge that could be used all year round. Laycock opted for a complete MUGA area and clamber stacks whilst Girlington had a new sensory area installed. St Michaels Primary in Liverpool was similar, having a two phased program that has created numerous areas of both play and educational external facilities.
We developed the Play Ship range to now include the HMS Explorer, the smallest ship so far but packed with play features. North Wales saw its first HMS Invincible installed at the Bryncynan Inn in Morfa Nefyn which provided a welcome boost to business for the pub. A second HMS Victory is soon to be installed in early 2016.
One of the biggest developments this year at Playsound was the launch of the new company website. The previous website had served us well but was in need of modernisation, so a major investment was made in producing a new site that was easy to navigate and full of information for users. We are pleased with the final design and feel that this is only the start of what could be a fantastic tool for us to share our passion for playground design.
We were also pleased to launch our new range of steel trim trail equipment. Listening to our customers, we found there are playgrounds that have greater than normal use or potential for vandalism were timber isn’t always the best option, so we have designed an initial range of six pieces of trim trail that will soon be expanded further.
Most recently we’re just completing our largest ever external “room”, an 8m x 4m fully insulated timber cabin with lighting and electrical sockets. A dividing room seperates the main room from a storage cupboard with a two sets of double doors providing access to both areas. The uses that this fully enclosed cabin could be used for are limitless and can provide a truely “outdoor classroom”.
Our range of Mud Kitchens are rapidly expanding, having being developed from a single straight work surface with backboard to a “U” shaped unit with hanging bars, ovens, hobs and above counter storage. The great thing about this product is how adaptable it is: it can be made to any size, shape or with a whole host of various features. Each Mud Kitchen can be made completely bespoke to you.
We would like this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making this year such as success- our staff, customers and suppliers. We hope that after this amazing year that 2016 will see some more exciting new products and services that give children the chance to play in the best possible playgrounds.
Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!