Keeping Up Appearances

KUAKeeping Up Appearances

From weather-proofing picnic areas, to investing in new playground equipment and waste recycling systems, holiday park owners that take pride in their park’s exterior appearance and make the most of their outdoor appeal will ultimately reap the rewards.

If you’re considering transforming your outdoor areas it needn’t be a daunting task. In fact, investing in a few simple and cost effective measures can go a long way in improving aesthetics, comfort and facilities for your guests. “It’s important to keep outdoor spaces well-maintained as this is one of the first impressions visitors will experience at your park,” says Stephen Toone, Managing Director of Fordingbridge Plc – a leading manufacturer of canopies, walkways and sustainable buildings.

“Your clientele are more likely to return to your site and recommend to their friends and family if the external appearance is tidy.”

Maximising the use of outdoor spaces all year round by weather-proofing your facilities can not only improve your customers’ experience, but also set your park apart from the competition.

“We are seeing an increase in demand for weather protected activity areas and dining spaces. Popular designs include the soft aesthetics of timber, which blend nicely into forest parks. Alternatively, tensile structures which can be applied to all types of parks in any setting,” says Stephen.

Fordingbridge 1Fordingbridge work in partnership with parks to maximise customer experience and increase revenue potential. The experienced in-house design team assists by designing a canopy, walkway or queuing area pertinent to a park’s individual requirements or brand consistency at different sites. “Canopies can be used for increasing dining and picnic areas, which improve dwell time and all year round usage. Further uses include aesthetically pleasing storage facilities, such as secure bike shelters or outdoor activity equipment,” says Stephen.

ENGAGING IDEAS

“With more competition than ever before within the holiday park and leisure sector, attracting customers with new and engaging ideas are vital to achieve this. One of the many innovative ideas is the inspiring and engaging butterfly exhibit, which provides an attraction to suit all ages in all weather conditions.” A comprehensive outdoor play area is a winning formula for hospitality venues looking to appeal to young families.

Camber Sands Holiday Park in Sussex required a large new play area as part of a refurbishment project earlier this year.  The park owners wanted separate areas for toddlers and juniors and a wide range of equipment.  They enlisted the help of HAGS-SMP to design and install the scheme, which included themed multi-play units, dynamic equipment, a zip line, sunken trampolines and a trail with an 8m traverse wall.

The play area has proven to be a huge hit with customers, and according to HAGS, the only complaint from site has been to ask how to keep the adults off the equipment!  “Theming seems to be a constant favourite with our clients.  From pirate ships to fairy-tale castles you can add real play value to your areas by engaging a child’s imagination,” comments Simon Wright, Head of Sales at HAGS.

BETTER VALUE

“With something to suit all budgets, our products are built to last, providing better value over a longer period of time. A small play area suitable for approximate six to ten children might start from £10k and increase from there.” Simon add: “Remember though, if your budget is tight you might consider planning your scheme in phases, this way you can add to the playground over a period of time that suits.”

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Company Contacts

Fordingbridge  Tel. 01243 554 455  www.fordingbridge.co.uk

HAGS-SMP  Tel. 01784 489109  www.hags-smp.co.uk

IvyLiving  Tel. 08448 002215  www.ivyliving.co

Rolec Services  Tel. 01205 724754  www.rolecserv.com

Trimax  Tel. 01933 652 235  www.trimaxmowers.co.uk

New Play Products

New Play Products

The new Swingo from HAGS SMP has a unique mechanism that allows users to rock in two directions and rotate at the same time.

The new Swingo from HAGS SMP has a unique mechanism that allows users to rock in two directions and rotate at the same time.

Play equipment specialists HAGS SMP have expanded their range of outdoor apparatus with two new products. The DNA Climber is a unique multi-user piece of equipment, made up of twisted rungs and support ropes.

The structure itself is made from powder coated steel and steel core combination rope, which makes it strong and durable. The climber provides a new type of horizontal climbing challenge which helps develop balance, strength, coordination, and motor planning skills, providing an ideal challenge for children aged 5-12.

Meanwhile Swingo has a unique mechanism that allows users to rock in two directions and rotate at the same time, giving children a multi-directional and a dynamic play experience. The hard wearing product and the extra investment made on safety features and comfort make play extra safe and comfortable for young adventurers.

Aimed at children aged 2-7 years, the Swingo is a great addition for any play area.