At Hand Made Places we consider the impact a playground project is going to have long after the initial unveiling. We want our customers – and the young people who enjoy spending time in our playgrounds - to achieve a high play value. That’s why our outdoor play equipment can be used in different ways. It is designed to encourage children to develop their physical, social and emotional skills through play. Every visit brings new experiences as youngsters apply their own ideas, actions and understanding of the world to the games inspired by our playground collection. It's the reason they keep coming back to visit and why schools, nurseries, local authorities, parish councils, contractors and holiday parks invest in our play equipment for sites across the UK.
An environment to enhance play value
We don’t just apply our extensive knowledge and experience in the play industry to our customers’ projects, we are also experts in place making and transforming outdoor spaces. We design school playgrounds and community play areas for learning and fun, and we don’t want to place any limits on that. Being able to take lessons and recreation time out into the open air is essential for opening up opportunities and engaging all children. And being based in the UK, we know we can’t always rely on the weather to be accommodating. We design, manufacture and install a wide range of standard and bespoke shelters, canopies and walkways as the ideal solution to being able to enjoy our natural surroundings all year long. In our timber workshop, in North Staffordshire, we nurture traditional woodworking and carpentry skills. That goes beyond the manufacture of play equipment to the building of gazebos and outdoor classrooms. The Darell Gazebo and Caversham Gazebo for example is ideal for group learning as well as providing social space for youngsters during break times. The Westgate Outdoor Classroom is always popular, with a Storyteller’s Chair and seating included. But as part of the Broxap group, we also offer access to one of the widest ranges of shelters and canopies available on the market. This includes modern fabric canopies, creating eye-catching landscapes as well as a practical outdoor resource. Our polycarbonate shelters offer the ultimate flexible modular design option, extending built classrooms into the environment or providing enough cover to take additional activities outdoors such as dining or storage.
Health and wellbeing
As well as encouraging the development of skills, spending time outdoors is proven to be beneficial for health and wellbeing. Investing in a permanent canopy shows a commitment to healthier lifestyles, enabling youngsters to connect with nature more frequently to reduce stress, improve focus and increase positivity. Having infrastructure such as cycle or scooter parking can encourage active travel to and from school or community playgrounds, building life-long healthy habits and motivating children and adults to move more. Sun safety is also a factor to consider for parks and schools, with our waterproof fabric canopies also offering UV protection as well as vital shade or shelter from the rain.
Benefits for the whole community
Adding a shelter, canopy or outdoor classroom structure to your playground brings multiple benefits. It opens up additional outdoor learning opportunities and makes play and lesson time inclusive to children of different abilities and strengths. Being outdoors encourages youngsters to be more active as well as developing other essential life skills in young people such as team building and problem solving. A canopy offers a place to be sociable, as well as the starting point for an imaginative play journey. Connecting with the outdoors boosts mental health and wellbeing and inspires creativity. And adding a shelter, canopy or outdoor classroom to your playground means all this can be enjoyed come rain or shine. The quality and craftmanship that comes with a Hand Made Places playground will always have the wow factor. Team that with our street furniture and canopy expertise and it will keep delivering 365 days a year. Give our team a call today.