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Sustainability + Beauty + Function

Our journey begins with the environment in mind. We prioritize sustainable practices, building handsome structures in untreated yet durable timber – much of it locally grown, and other lower impact materials. We reuse what we can, seek alternatives to cement and minimise waste.
In design and build we also maximise opportunities to create niches for wildlife, the growing of food, beautiful colourful landscapes, opportunities for play, entertaining and relaxation and accessibility. A clever design can bring benefits across all these areas.

Our quality

Experienced and Skilled Team

The success of Monkey Business Design is anchored in its team of passionate professionals, including Managing Director and Designer Chris Swinburn, who brings years of expertise in landscaping, gardening, and wood construction.

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Versatile Project Scope

Whether it’s designing a charming playhouse for a private garden or developing large-scale community parks and school playgrounds, Monkey Business Design is adept at handling projects of varying sizes and complexities, catering to a diverse range of clients.

Commitment to Ecological Restoration

Beyond play equipment, the company is also deeply involved in ecological restoration and wildlife recovery, demonstrating a commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable development.

Our Story/Meet The Team

Nestled in Bristol, Monkey Business Design was founded on a passion for sustainable design and environmental stewardship. For over a decade, we’ve been transforming outdoor spaces throughout the Southwest of England with imaginative, eco-friendly play equipment and structures. From whimsical playhouses to extensive community projects, every design reflects our dedication to ecological harmony and innovation.

Our ops team members follow safe working practice (including PPE) and are DBS certified.

CHRIS SWINBURN
MATHEW GALE
BILL TRIM
LIAM MIDDLETON
Isaac
Zak

Step One

Project Brief and Site Survey
Unless it’s remote design work, we will make an initial, no-obligation visit to meet you on-site, to discuss your needs, ideas, and budget. We will also take photos and measurements, and collect site information such as underground utilities, access, any noise and work restrictions.

We will also agree to a design fee (where applicable) based on the size and complexity of the works and the detail required.

Step Two

Initial Outline Design
The Monkey Business Design team will present one or more design ideas and descriptions with approximate costings. We use multi-media illustrations as well as photos, mood boards, Pinterest boards and product samples.

Step Three

Final Design and Costs
Based upon your feedback, our team will amend and finalise your design to your satisfaction. As well as the design and itemised costs, the design package may include: project timings/ work schedule, maintenance recommendations, warranties, reference to standards, H&S info., payment schedule
When we have agreement to proceed, we will programme your project and may request a deposit.

Step Four

Construction
We use our own team of skilled landscapers and carpenters, supplemented as necessary by vetted sub-contractors and always under our close supervision and project management. We will do our best to minimise disruption to your working day and we are always on hand to discuss any matters arising from the project.

Step Five

Safety Inspection
At Monkey Business Design, we are committed to providing a safe play environment while encouraging sensible risk aware play. We design and build in public spaces and educational establishments to comply with BS EN 1176 and BS EN 1177 safety standards.

We also work with independent play inspectors to assess our proposals at the design stage and to produce post-construction inspection reports.

Step Six

Ongoing Maintenance
Ensure your new equipment can be enjoyed for many years to come. We can provide a full inspection and maintenance schedule for your own use and may offer an annual maintenance service.

Warranties and Replacement Parts – We offer manufacturer’s warranties on our own work alongside suppliers’ warranties and can help you source and replace parts.

Already Have a Design?

We may be happy to discuss your design, make any recommendations and provide a competitive quote for construction only.

Working With Us

Working with us – Are you a (landscape) architect or garden designer looking to bring your ideas to life? A school staff member or parent looking to create a fun space for your kids to enjoy? A Project Manager for a park or estate, a landowner wanting to improve habitat on your land or a Supplier with products that complement our range? If so, please get in touch.We also want to hear from you if you are a skilled worker or considering an internship — we’re sometimes on the lookout for individuals to join our design and operations teams.

GET A QUOTE FROM OUR TEAM

Did you know we’re proud members of CIEEM (Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management) and Learning through Landscapes — a recognised school initiative for nature-based learning? Monkey Business Design has over 8 years of experience and a dedicated team. Beyond that, we hold £10m public and product liability insurance for complete peace of mind.

To discuss your project ideas with Monkey Business Design, give us a call at 07779 568394. Alternatively, you can email us at hello@monkeybusinessdesign.co.uk.