CMS Window Systems joined in a charity project to clad a large timber playhouse, previously built by volunteers from BAM Construction in conjunction with students from Edinburgh University’s School of Architecture and Heriot-Watt University, located at the Baltic Street Adventure Playground in Dalmarnock, Glasgow.
Established in 2013, the playground is a free-of-charge supervised area where children up to 12 years of age can enjoy the benefits of outdoor adventure play whilst learning the rudiments of construction. As well as climbing frames, swings and tunnels, building materials and tools are also available for the children to build their own dens and hide-outs. Specially trained play workers are on hand to keep children safe and help cook food on the campfire.
The structure was originally designed using WikiHouse, an online collaborative design tool which aims to transform the way houses are developed. Constructing the playhouse in this new and exciting way enabled the stakeholders to collaborate effectively from different geographical locations. And at numerous points throughout the design process of the cladding local children, who frequent the adventure playground, were able to contribute their imaginative ideas.
Sheet metal panels were manufactured by CMS to cover both exterior ends of the playhouse and the PVC roof panels, donated by CMS supply chain partner Nustock, were painted in a variety of bright colours and patterns by the children, before being fixed in place during the construction phase of the cladding works.
The physical process of cladding the playhouse took place during February with volunteers from BAM Construction and students from Edinburgh University’s School of Architecture and Heriot-Watt University getting involved. The resulting colourful construction, now fully weatherproof, will give the adventure playground’s young patrons a dry place to play, especially during harsh weather conditions.
CMS’s Managing Director, Andy Kerr, said: “We are proud to have been involved in this community project supporting the Baltic Street Adventure Playground. We hope the children who utilise the facility enjoy the benefits of having a vibrant indoor space within their playground to use for years to come.”
“The ethos of this project perfectly complements CMS’s culture of supporting community initiatives and is a great example of collaborative working bringing together businesses, community and academia.”
Bruce Dickson, Regional Director – Scotland at BAM Construction, commented: “For us this project has been a perfect example of how the wider construction industry should work to deliver projects. We have seen massive enthusiasm and incredible levels of co-operation from all of the parties involved to deliver a great end product for our young ‘clients’. It was typical of our experience of CMS that they immediately saw the value in what we were doing and had no hesitation in agreeing to join the team as soon as we approached them. They have provided invaluable assistance to deliver the cladding phase of the venture.”