Swan Paul Architects were working with their client Somerset West and Taunton Council who wanted to upgrade the existing popular park with some new features that included a play tower and a new beach volleyball court. The park had a history of alternative American sports (one being beach volleyball) and activities taking place so they wanted the new facilities to reflect this beach life theme.
They had aspirations for the proposed play tower to be the tallest in Somerset and to be accessed through the existing play area. The bespoke design would reflect the lighthouse at Burnham on Sea with each façade being slightly different. They wanted it to be a four equal-sided structure with an apex roof. The finish would be a primarily white clapboard effect using a mix of coloured plywood and composite panels.
Swan Pauls's vision for the site was bought to life by Proludic who built the lighthouse to their specification using their state of the art manufacturing facilities.
Bespoke play always has challenges but Proludic loved working on this project as they were able to showcase their bespoke build strengths and skills. Swan Paul had a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve and Proludic was able to realise it by building the final product to their specification.
The finished design is an imposing piece of outdoor play equipment with multiple play levels and activities for children of all abilities. Installed onto the sand it does give the impression of being at the beach and adds an additional play feature for children.
The red and white colours used and features certainly do stand out and make you think you are entering a play lighthouse. As children climb and explore they also get fantastic views of the whole park.
Opened in 2019 to the public it has provided a unique and memorable play experience for families.