Recently our Principle Play Space Designer, Liz Townsend, spoke at our South West Seminar on the subject of Achieving Best Value in Play Space Design.
We know that value is of the utmost importance to our customers, so rather than simply providing the most pieces of equipment for the available budget we take into account the Cost Per User Value and the Number of Uses a piece of equipment has.
In the following article we will summarise Liz’s thoughts on this subject with some examples from our product range that have been designed especially with value in mind.
Cost Per User
Cost per user divides the purchase price of a product by the total amount of users that item can support at one time.
Cost per user = Installed Price / Number of Users
For example, a standard two bay swing set will come with a lower initial cost and is able to support two users. A basket swing, while initially costing slightly more can comfortably support five users at any one time, providing a lower cost per user amount.
Another example would be a Seesaw. Our traditional Seesaw, Vippy, can be used by two users, while our Springtime Multi-User Seesaw is able to accommodate six users, with seats big enough for two either side and a large middle platform.
Number of Uses
There are ways that we can design play areas to appeal to the widest range of visitors, by providing experiences suitable for daytime users, such as parents and toddlers and additionally after school, or weekends, by older children.
HAGS Viper Swing not only provides a great cost per user, this large rope swing also provides multiple uses, allowing adults to accompany toddlers during the daytime, whilst after school children can cooperate to gain a more exciting experience.
A basket swing can be used in a similar way, and of course we have already seen that this kind of swing also offers fantastic value!
Disclaimer: Prices are for guidance only, we reserve the right for price changes and typographical errors