At Henlow Church of England Academy, Marley’s AntiSlip Plus® decking was used to create a visually striking, low-maintenance and slip-resistant courtyard area, along with matching planters and seating.
Before work began at Henlow Academy, the external landscaping had to be submitted to Central Bedfordshire Council; the landscape officer approved the design, including the timber decking products.
To ensure adequate drainage, concrete channels were built across the courtyard first. Then the decking was constructed using 34mm AntiSlip Plus® decking boards, which were laid on a product manufactured from recycled plastic bottles.
The design concept was for the vertical lines of the decking to continue in a visual line up the benches and planters – and the resulting furniture needed to be durable and non-slip, as children may climb or jump on them. The 68mm AntiSlip Plus® decking boards were the ideal choice, along with some steel fixings and supports.
The finished courtyard has a striking appearance, and students and staff are already enjoying the space. More than 50% of the courtyard surface is timber and, as well as being attractive, slip-resistant and durable, it’s also easy to maintain – something that’s very important in a space created for children. PCMS Design has given instructions that the area should be jet washed at least once a year, and this can easily be carried out by the school’s site agent.
Commenting on the products and service provided by Marley, Alex says: “We would definitely specify Marley AntiSlip Plus® decking products for other school projects in the future. We were not only impressed by the timber product quality and consistency, but also by the excellent support we received from Marley.”
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