PRODUCT WHERE USED MANUFACTURER ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED REASONS FOR FINAL CHOICE Play system, including poles, slides, platforms, climbing wall Poles, platforms, slides, climbing wall Sutcliffe Play Other play manufacturers Easy adaptation of Sutcliffe Teenzone system galvanised poles to achieve key forest elements. Supplier willingness to undertake bespoke design Galvanised steel poles Verticals within play structure Sutcliffe Play Timber poles or steel poles with blue powder-coat finish Timber poles could not meet structural requirements, powder coat more vulnerable to damage during installation and less resistant to vandalism 3mm-thick natural rubber coating (over mild-steel plate) Platforms (both sides) Yorkshire Rubber Linings Durbar plate Increased surface grip of rubber-coated plate. Rubber is warmer to sit on and provides a degree of impact absorption 16mm woven polypropylene and galvanised wire rope (PP multi-combination rope) Nets and ropes Rope supply/ manufacturer:
Randers Reb A/S, net manufacturer:
Hammond & Taylor Hemp rope, German net supplier Woven steel rope less prone to vandalism, higher load-bearing capacity and has stronger colours.
Local net manufacturer economical Screwed plastic crossover fixings Nets Polyfix AB Crimped aluminium crossover fixings Plastic crossovers can be adapted/ replaced on site, crimped aluminium cannot (factory repairs only) Pine playground bark (bark mulch) Play safety surfacing (400mm settled depth) Amenity & Horticultural Services Wet-pour or tile rubber safety surfacing Bark has considerably cheaper capital cost and is fitted with 'forest' aesthetic as is a foil to man-made structure Uni-Solar PV panels, Sonnenschein Solar Block battery, Morningstar Sunlight battery charger and light controller To power lights Energy Development Co-operative Mains supply or self-contained solar units Solar low voltage selected over mains supply for safety and sustainability reasons. System also responds to changing sun strength/season.
Self-contained units need two-year battery change - difficult at top of poles LED cluster lights, with polycarbonate laminate cover Pole-top lights LED cluster units:
Malham Lighting Design, polycarbonate laminate covers:
Barkston Plastics Engineering Mains lighting/metal halide Ability to power units from 12V solar-charged battery and longevity of unit. Bolted polycarbonate laminate resistant to vandalism Golden amber gravel (self binding gravel) Approach paths and steps IMAG Tarmacadam with stone-chip surface, other self-bound gravels Less formal, fits better with 'forest' aesthetic, reflects local presence of Magnesian limestone bedrock Safety Mattas (seeded rubber matting) Base of accessible play chute Matta Products (UK) Wet-pour rubber Informal grass finish fits play forest aesthetic better. Bark not suitable for wheelchair access 8no Hilti HAS-E M16 125/108 galvanised bolts per pole.
Pole fixing to concrete foundations Hilti (GB) Cast in situ threaded bar Flexibility in post positioning/accuracy of workmanship. Allowing 'dry fix' of key parts of structure before fixing down