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Cliff Hanger and Rock Wall Climb at Bradford School. - 4th Dec 2013

The new Cliff Hanger and Rock Wall Climb at Bradford School. Recently Playgear™ by A.J Grant, manufactured and installed a Cliff Hanger and Rock Wall Climb at Bradford School. We  believe the children have had lots of enjoyment from this new piece of play equipment. See photograph in this advertisement.

We have found Rock walls a very popular piece of playground equipment and have also installed another one at a local school recently. Our playground equipment can be freighted and installed in New Zealand. Please call us for a quote.

Early days -looking back 60 years in business - 3rd Dec 2013

Photo of the workshop in Kaikorai Valley Road,  Dunedin taken in approximately 1970  2013 is a milestone for the company - our 60th year in business. A.J. Grant has come a long way since its hopeful beginnings many years ago in a back yard garage. It all began with recycled conduit piping roof racks.

A.J Grant is a family business and it began in a small way in a domestic garage in 1953. Founder Alex Grant began the company, working weekends at home while also working a full time job with another company. Using old conduit pipes taken from inside walls of wooden villas, Alex welded them into roof racks for cars and vans which were in short supply at the time. Wife and young mother Ruth would then wire brush, sandpaper and paint them during the week and sell them via a small newspaper ad.

The popularity of the roof racks encouraged them to branch out a little more and the next successful idea was to use metal pipes to make farm gates. It was about this time that Alex decided to leave his steady job and take on the business full time. The fledgling firm of A.J Grant won the tender to build the railings around the Waikouaiti Race Track in 1955. The much needed capital from this big job enabled the firm to branch out some more making clotheslines along with an increasing amount of wrought iron products which were a great success.

The business had now outgrown its residential base and after a long search A.J. Grant Engineering moved to a small workshop in Kaikorai Valley Road, (see photo taken in approximately 1970). Trampolines and play equipment were now another string to their bow. With their ever expanding business, new premises were built alongside the original workshop in Kaikorai Valley Road in 1995 where the company work from today.

Throughout its history, A.J Grant has remained a strong family focused business, with all the Grant brothers having worked alongside their father at various times. With Son’s Allan and Bruce Grant at the helm, the business has developed and expanded its lines into two facets, namely IRONGEAR which design and produce wrought iron gates, automatic and manual options, fencing and the other being PLAYGEAR™ which manufacture and install playground equipment for schools and councils around New Zealand.

Hard work and the ability to innovate have made A.J Grant the strong business it is today.

PlayGearâ„¢ recent playground display at Forsyth Barr Stadium - 31st Oct 2013

Chimp bars are ideal for developing upper body strength as well as being colourful and versitile PlayGear™ by AJ Grant recently attended the Light Party, Family Fun entertainment evening at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, where we displayed a Free standing Chimp Bar for the occasion. Our display was very popular due to its bright colours and versatility. Chimp Bars are ideal for developing upper body strength and keeps kids quiet for hours.

Our playground equipment can be freighted and installed in New Zealand. Please call us for a quote.

Tumbling track - PlayGearâ„¢ by A.J Grant - 18th Sep 2013

Long trampoline for kids to tumble on. Early this year, A.J Grant were commissioned by the Dunedin Gymnastics Academy, to construct an 8 metre Tumbling Track. The tumbling track is a long thin trampoline that allows the gymnasts to practice safely. AJ Grant are very pleased to see the children enjoying the benefits.

Each year Playgear™ by A.J Grant, support Dunedin Gymnastics Academy. With each Springfree™ Trampoline sold A.J Grant support Gymnastics in Otago with a donation. 






Outram Playcentre - 1st Oct 2007


The opening of the new playground at Outram Playcentre. The old playground was not meeting health and safety rules and was seldom being used by the children, play centre education officer Julie Grace said. The playground, funded by public grants and fundraising activities, was “bright, fun, and the kids love it”, Mrs Grace said. The playground was installed “by the Dads” during a working bee in August, and despite the rain, Sunday’s official opening was attended by about 80 people, she said.

The Ultimate BIG Gift - 1st Aug 2006

The Ultimate BIG Gift  What better way for three AFS students to show their gratitude to their host school, Taieri College, than leaving an 8 Tonnes of pure New Zealand in the form of a climbing rock.

Paris (Thailand) Mads (Denmark) and Isabella (Austria) decided to leave a present for their former classmates. Climbing structures were popular in all of their home countries but none of the three had seen one while in New Zealand. They all noted that the overseas climbing structures were all man made and decided that this would not work in the New Zealand context. They visited a quarry and found a natural, 8-tonne rock perfect for the job.
The School Council and Friends of Taieri College came on board and helped to fund this project. Local Playground manufacturer A J Grant, offered to manage the installation.
The rock was transported to Taieri College and local climbing experts directed its placement. They then added climbing holds to compliment the rocks natural ones and finally the job was done. Three AFS students gratitude was set in stone.

A playground to mark anniversary - 1st Aug 2005

A playground  to mark anniversary  Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin visited Otaru (North Japan) and officially gifted a playground commemorating the 25 year sister city relationship between the two cities.

The playground was designed and constructed by Dunedin playground manufacturer AJ Grant.
It is hoped that more pieces can be added to this playground as links between Dunedin and Otaru grow.

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