Sep 02 2021, by Fleetwood Urban

60 magic minutes - Custom vs Catalogue round table generates lively debate.

First-hand insights from Local Councils, Landscape Architects & Play Designers

We were delighted to welcome more than 120 designers, landscape architects, product suppliers and Council representatives to Fleetwood’s latest round table event – ‘Custom vs Catalogue: Making the Right Play’.

Held over Zoom, it was evident that Custom Play is certainly a subject close to hearts of many in the industry – just as it continues to be for us!

Play industry experts

With insights flowing thick and fast, the session featured a passionate and richly experienced panel of industry professionals, each with first-hand experience in the delivery of playgrounds in Australian communities. Senior members of the Fleetwood team were joined by panellists including Jennifer Kelynack from Maribyrnong City Council (VIC), David Hatherly from Vee Design (QLD) and Tom Heath from Georges River Council (NSW).


Vee Design (QLD)

Over the 60 minutes, the panel discussed, dissected and debated a series of fundamental questions surrounding the use of both Custom-designed and off-the-shelf Play solutions. Offering even greater context and meaning to the discussions, the panellists also recounted a wide range of real-world experiences drawn from their own projects and clients in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Download the summary here.

Just some of the key highlights of the session included:

Using originality and local storytelling to shape unique Play experiences

Maximising play value by finding ways to ‘spend every dollar twice’

Considering your entire visitor experience, not just the Play equipment

Making Custom and Catalogue Play items work seamlessly in the same space

Play safety and the importance of ‘measured risk’

Factoring ongoing costs into your Play budget

The benefits of involving your Procurement and Maintenance teams early

“It was a very lively debate and possibly one of the best sessions we’ve run.,” says Fleetwood Director, Roger Joyce. “The panel shed light on some absolutely critical issues surrounding the use of Custom and Catalogue Play items. Throw in all the fantastic project examples and I’d say anyone in the industry who has anything to do with Play – be it from a perspective of design, safety, maintenance, certification or even procurement – will find it extremely valuable. If you haven’t yet watched the session replay, I’d really urge you to.”

“There’s a real shift happening – the more people see these regionally-significant parks (and play experiences), the more they want them in their own communities.”
Tom Heath, Coordinator Environment & Open Space Projects, Georges River Council.

Missed out on the live session - watch the replay here.

Additional Resources

Download the summary document with bonus Q&A

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