Sep 09 2021 (at Zoom)

Custom vs. Catalogue: Making the Right Play - Live Round-Table Debate

On Thursday 9th September, we were delighted to welcome more than 80 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 the highest attendance ever recorded for a Fleetwood Urban online event, demonstrating that Custom Play is certainly a subject close to hearts of many in the industry – just as it continues to be for us!


You can watch a replay of the session here


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).

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.

Just some of topics the session covered 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 fabulous session to be part of, possibly the best we’ve ever 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.”