Bespoke Play Equipment, Manchester, Mayfield

Challenge

Designing the Mayfield play equipment was such an exciting opportunity. Being a Manchester based company and knowing it was a project that was at the heart of the city, we new it had to be something special. The challenge was combining the rich industrial history of Mayfield whilst providing play value for a vast range of children. Mayfield Park is Manchester’s first city centre public park. The new park spans 6.5 acres, and boasts a 1,400 square foot. All the play equipment has been designed and manufactured by Massey and Harris. One of the more complex areas of the project was creating a slide over the newly uncovered river. It was important to show off this rediscovered piece of history and put our Massey and Harris spin on it.

Solution

The project was a real team effort which lasted over 3 years. Not only was there many complex design challenges to overcome to create the 10 meter high play towers there were also complex manufacturing elements that our welders had to manage. The design process started with an initial site visit and concept sketches, through to 3D modelling and design for manufacture. 3D modelling is where you can see a project begin to come to life, it gives you a better understanding of scale and allows the designers to assess the feasibility of certain elements. Accessibility was something we felt was important within the project, so that all children felt welcome at Mayfield. Key elements were included in the design of the play equipment to ensure there was wheelchair accessibility, most notably a bridge directly into the towers, leading to an accessible slide. If your interested to know more about the design process head over to our instagram to see the project unfold.

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Result

The final design and installation of Mayfield has a fusion of industrial elements such as I-beams used on the swings with a combination of natural elements, such as robi-na used for parts of the trim trail. The rich blue powder coating on the towers, make them stand out and give the overall aestic a modern and sleek look. At Massey and Harris we believe its important to help children develop their gross motor skills and the challenging elements at Mayfield really make this possible, there’s a number of high towers and big slides as well as play units for younger ones to enjoy such as talk tubes and crawl tunnels. Some of our favourite pieces of equipment from Mayfield include; the crazy climber into one of the towers, the seasaw with an industrial twist and the wheelchair acces-sible roundabout inspired by cotton mill drums. Check out the pictures below to see more of Mayfield! If you haven’t already go and check it out!