Playscheme's Paddington Park 


Playscheme, one of the UK’s most reputable developers of outdoor play environments, selected Marley’s CitiDeck® anti-slip decking as the perfect timber decking product for their Paddington Park recreational project in the heart of Paddington itself.

All in the detail

Playscheme’s goal for the Paddington Park project was to create a suitable recreation area for varying ages of children that incorporates a range of iconic features, including: miniature train station, boat, and steam liner to give the park an iconic space for children to read and play in. A timber decked walkway is used to guide guests through the various age-relevant areas of the park, marked out by carved bears and leading people into the infant, junior, and senior play areas. The choice of decking product was naturally Marley’s CitiDeck®.

Marley CitiDeck
® offers safety and a long product lifespan

CitiDeck® timber decking was chosen by Playscheme for a variety of reasons. Marley CitiDeck® is widely renowned for its smooth inclusive profile and two anti-slip inserts which are a slightly less abrasive aggregate whilst still exceeding the HSE’s minimum requirement - providing a safe, non-slip surface. Preservative treated to achieve a 30 year service life provides complete peace of mind and a cost-effective solution in the long term. This was something that Playscheme knew would be vital in ensuring the accessibility of the space for generations to come. CitiDeck®’s profile and above-average lifespan is an important benefit in driving down the costs of associated maintenance and refurbishment – thanks to the smooth surface being much easier to maintain and keep clean as the profile prevents litter or dirt becoming trapped.

Paddington Park is one of many Playscheme projects (Robert Wilkinson being another) which include Marley CitiDeck®, due in part to the strengths of the product and also the long-standing relationship between the two companies. Marley worked closely with the Playscheme team to ensure the timely supply of the timber, in addition to providing product guidance, insight, and updates on developments within the Marley product range. Additional product and associated support was also offered in terms of Marley Shingles which were also used across the project.



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Marley citideck and Cedar shingles installed at Paddington Park
CitiDeck® anti-slip decking was perfect for the project

Graham Swales, Production Assistant at Playscheme explained: “CitiDeck® is a number one product for us. We do a lot of large towers which have decked walkways up to the top of them, and that means we have things at height (which is what gives it extra play value) so we really need to have anti-slip decking. We can’t simply put plain wooden products down, and CitiDeck® covers everything that we need, especially since we get it cut to whatever length that we require. The product that we mainly use is CitiDeck®, which is just a standard for us now and when it comes to design, it’s just the product that we go to.”

On working with Marley, he added: “Marley has never let us down as a company or supplier to us. They’re honest and open about delivery times, what products they have available, and we always feel a little bit special with Laura (our contact at Marley).”

Marley commented: “We’re proud to work with Playscheme on projects such as this, and it’s important to us that we’re able to support schemes which can bring real benefits to the local community. We’ve worked with the company across a number of their projects now and it’s fantastic to see a reputable company such as Playscheme choosing CitiDeck® as their product of choice for non-slip decking. CitiDeck® is a leading product in the market and is a really popular choice as its smooth profile and antislip inserts provide a safe and inclusive surface for everyone.  With the slightly less abrasive antislip inserts it’s an ideal option for projects like this and we look forward to working with Playscheme on their future schemes.”

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