Find out more about Timberplay…

Timberplay are one of the most respected names within the play industry and are proud to have worked on many world leading play areas across the UK, Middle East and India. Working in partnership with German play equipment manufacturer, Richter Spielgeräte, we present a range of over 750 play products, all engineered for exceptional performance and durability.

Founded in 2001, Timberplay began it’s journey with one of the world’s most prestigious play area’s, Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground. Nearly 20 years later Timberplay are now the exclusive supplier for Richter Spielgeräte across the UK, Middle East and India, and have completed thousands of projects across these regions.

Alongside high quality play products, we also passionately believe that the landscape is an essential part of any successful design for play. To this end we have our own team of Landscape Architects to help our clients’ create designs that exploit the inherent play value of the landscape. This means we can offer a very flexible service, giving the support our clients’ need to meet their objectives for play and create stand out play areas. We also work very well collaboratively, working alongside Landscape Architect firms from across the world to create unique play spaces that deliver the highest levels of play value.

Play environments should be more than just physical challenges. By creating pleasant spaces with varied play experiences we better support our children’s development, enhancing their understanding of the world around them and sharpening their social, mental and physical skills.

We champion the creation of better play spaces and we are keen to support the industries we work with, offering CPDs, Study Tours and events to help them gain deeper understanding of the complex world of play.

Timberplay are part of the Create Partnerships group of companies.

About our Manufacturer, Richter Spielgeräte…

Hilde Richter was the pioneer for play in Europe, all beginning with the creation of a small play house to satisfy children’s needs in their hometown in Bavaria. This sparked the creation of Richter Spielgeräte, who have become one of the largest and most respected playground equipment manufacturer’s in the world.

Richter and Timberplay follow the same approach in regards to play, considering the provision of play spaces to be a social necessity and that above all, it is children who need play for the development of their personalities; however also young people and adults find relaxation and pleasure in play.

Our range of over 750 product lines offers equipment for every age group and also for all abilities. Following the principle created by Julian Richter… “as much play value as possible – as much safety as necessary” all designs and play equipment offer an appropriate risk – a level at which children and young people can play in a self-determined way, develop and learn through their experiences.

For over 50 years Richter have been creating playgrounds across the world, including some amazing outdoor bespoke play features including; Gorky Park in Russia, an incredible Octopus in Bareclona, a Dinosaur in the Netherlands and much more. Recently, Richter have began to create bespoke indoor play equipment notably at IKEA in Moscow.

If you want to find out more about how our standard equipment can be used in a landscaped setting to create a bespoke feel or about a new design for a completely bespoke product, contact our team and our Landscape Architects and Designers will be in touch.

Find out more about Richter Spielgeräte and our other worldwide sales partners.

About our wood…

We believe that wood is the best material for playground equipment, no two timbers are ever the same meaning they offer a bespoke feel to equipment and offer extensive play value. All timbers that are used for our equipment are sustainability forested and are very generous, ensuring superior stability and unbeatable durability.

Our equipment predominantly uses Mountain Larch from the Bavarian Alp’s, although some equipment uses Oak or Robinia where it is seen as beneficial. Oak is used for Climbing Forest posts due to its durability below ground (in conjunction with Richter’s patented protection system, Fürstenberg Permadur) and for the ability for wide girth posts to be utilised for this play piece. Ash is used for items such as ladder rungs where its natural ability to flex a little, is a benefit

All materials are tried and tested to ensure they are perfect for all climates from the UK to the heat in the Middle East and India.

The avalanche protection schemes mean that Mountain Larch is sustainably forested and as it is felled in the winter this allows for drying before fungal spores appear. This drying process also allows for around 20% of moisture content to be removed, thus reducing cracking. However, as wood is natural source cracking will appear and unless this is affecting a fixing point there is usually no compromise to the structural integrity of an item. Cracking is minimised on square cuts by utilising core free sections of the wood. Durability enables Richter to use un-treated timbers, thus reducing children’s interaction with chemically enhanced products.

Overall, wood is a friendly, pleasant material. As an organic building material it differs substantially from metal or plastic as it appeals to the senses, from its touch to its smell.

If you would like to discuss our materials in more depth, please email info@timberplay.com and one of our team will be able to advise further.

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