Nottingham Science Park uses Antislip Decking
Antislip Plus Decking

Marley Eternit recently supplied its market leading JB Antislip Plus® timber decking on one of the most striking and innovative developments in Nottingham.

Extending to 42,000 sq ft Nottingham Science Park is a ground breaking project that aims to deliver a modern and sustainable environment for science and technology businesses.

The project was developed by Blueprint, a public private partnership between English Partnerships, East Midlands Development Agency and Morley’s Igloo Regeneration Fund. The design inspiration for the project came from the adjoining nature reserve.

The architects started with an image of the reserve and then reproduced it on a giant scale as the new Science Park. The result gives a natural beauty to the development which has unmistakable organic shapes which manifests itself as buildings in the form of giant bullrushes along with a boardwalk in the shape of 33 giant lily pads.

As Christophe Egret, Principal Architect at Studio Egret West, explains: “The beauty of the natural surroundings inspired us to use enlarged nature as the design inspiration for this project. The Lily pad boardwalk is simply a giant representation of the water lilys that grow in the adjoining nature reserve.”

Almost 80,000 linear metres of JB Antislip Plus® inserts were used on the structural timber decking to create the non-slip Lily Pad boardwalk. Fitted by L&L Installations, each deckboard features two antislip inserts, which is sufficient to create a long lasting and safe surface.

Christophe Egret continues: “We were looking for a really hard-wearing and safe non-slip decking product for the 33 Lily Pads and connecting walkways, as meeting Health & Safety requirements was paramount on this project. We also wanted to create an open feel to the decking area which meant no balustrade around the edges and it was therefore even more important that the antislip decking provided a good grip.

JB Antislip Plus® Decking has been successfully specified on many commercial projects for high levels of slip resistance, longevity and ease of maintenance.

Environmental sustainability was at the core of this project and partly the reason why timber was used so extensively. All Marley Eternit boards meet BS7976 with full FSC and PEFC chain of custody. Natural decking has the lowest embodied energy of any mainstream building material and is a managed material to deliver a more sustainable product, enhancing the environmental credentials of the project.

Studio Egret West
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