The Playhouse Company


No New Commissions Until
December 2021 Read More

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No New Commissions Until December 2021 Read More

Safety Regulations

When purchasing a playhouse, play castle or treehouse from The Playhouse Company you can be sure that all the safety aspects have been thought about and implemented.





Safety and Regulations

All our products are designed and built to be entirely safe. As a minimum we ensure full compliance with relevant regulations, principally:

 EN71-1 Children’s Toys & EN1176-1 Playground Regulations

All of The Playhouse Company products fully comply with all the relevant aspects of these regulations and also carry the CE mark.  We have also built in our own safety criteria (listed below)

  • All timber planed and hand sanded
  • Rounded corners on timber frame
  • Specially designed non-trap doors and opening windows
  • Floor and roof built using external grade plywood
  • Built from good quality redwood timber
  • Screwed and pinned together using stainless steel screws and galvanised brads for additional  strength
  • Sadolin classic translucent timber protection or Sadolin Superdec opaque timber protection used on external parts
  • Installed and checked over on site and left ready for use by our skilled staff.

Soft Fall Areas

Play equipment and platforms that involve children playing above certain heights need to take into account the surface that the child could fall onto, either deliberately or accidentally.  The nature of this ‘impact area’ is dependent on its height and is detailed within EN1177 play area surfaces standards.  We are happy to discuss this with you if it is relevant to your choice of playhouse/play structure.

The main points, as detailed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) are:

  • Platforms over 600mm high need to have a barrier along the edge
  • Topsoil or turf may be used as an impact absorbing surface on platforms up to 1 metre
  • The impact absorbing surface can either be a loose fall material i.e. bark, woodchip, sand, shredded rubber or a liquid pour surface or tiles
  • The depth of the impact absorbing surface is dependent on the height of the potential fall
  • An additional advantage of an impact absorbing surface around your play equipment is that it gives an all-weather surface and does not get muddy during wet weather.

ROSPA website -



Richard & Kay Frost


We Are Unable To Accept New Commissions Presently

We are a small company, set up and run by Richard and Kay and supported by a skilled team of 4 who help build and deliver our projects.

Richard has recently had a health scare, and during the next few months of his recuperation we have decided, reluctantly, to limit the number of projects we take on and have decided to stop taking new commissions until December 2021.

Richard does all the design and manages the build and installation, and Kay is the voice you will speak to and help with advice and then making sure your project runs smoothly from inception to the children enjoying it in your garden. Over the past 30 years we have completed well over 1,000 projects, all to a greater or lesser extent custom designed. It is a great privilege to design and build playhouse and treehouses, and for us almost as much fun to design and build as the children have pleasure thereafter. We firmly believe that in order to design and build a great playhouse project you must love it just as much. We do love what we do and this makes it all the more difficult for us to pause enquiries, but health is paramount so makes this the only decision.

We assure all existing customers that your delivery obligations will be met in full and are always available for any queries about existing products.

If you would like to register an interest for a project in 2022, please just send us an email or give us a call and we will re-connect at the end of the year by which time Richard will be fully charged and ready to enjoy exciting new projects.

Thank you for your support