What is the Massey and Harris process for designing and manufacturing a playground?

Massey and Harris have a comprehensive four step process for designing and manufacturing a playground. Here’s an overview of the steps involved.

Handling the enquiry

When we receive an enquiry from a council or architect, play company or leisure organisation, we begin by understanding their specific requirements. We gather information about the project, including the brief or wish list provided by the stakeholders. 

This may include details about materials requirements, target age group, available space, topography, and any special considerations. We encourage stakeholders to share their vision and ideas for the playground, which helps us create a customised design. 

Concept generation / ideation

Based on the initial enquiry, we enter the concept generation phase. Our team of experienced designers and architects collaborates to translate the stakeholders’ vision into a tangible playground concept. 

We conduct thorough research and analysis to ensure the design aligns with the original idea and meets safety regulations and standards. We may create a mood board or visual representations to help stakeholders visualise the proposed concept. 

Detailed design and interactive play elements

Once the initial concept is approved, we move on to the more detailed design phase. Here, we focus on refining the concept, incorporating interactive play elements, and considering the overall user experience. 

We pay attention to elements such as play structures, pathways, seating areas, and landscaping. Safety is a top priority throughout this process, ensuring that the playground design meets or exceeds all applicable safety guidelines. 

Presenting the final concept

After the detailed design phase, we present the final concept to the stakeholders, which may include the council, architects, and other relevant parties. We provide visual representations, 3D renderings, and detailed plans to effectively communicate the proposed design. We also offer the opportunity for feedback and revisions to ensure that the final concept aligns with the stakeholders’ expectations and requirements. 

Once the final concept is approved, our manufacturing team takes over. They bring the design to life using high-quality materials and craftsmanship, adhering to industry standards and safety guidelines. 

Throughout the manufacturing process, we maintain open lines of communication with the stakeholders, providing updates and addressing any questions or concerns that may arise. 

At Massey and Harris, our goal is to create engaging, safe, and innovative playgrounds that inspire imagination and promote physical activity. Our comprehensive process for designing and manufacturing a playground ensures that every step, from initial enquiry to final manufacturing, is handled with care and attention to detail.

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