Rushden Lakes


A £140 million development to create a next-generation shopping and leisure park in Northamptonshire is using AntiSlip Plus® Smooth from Marley to provide a durable and effective external antislip surface for visitors. 

All in the detail

A £140 million development to create a next generation shopping and leisure park in Northamptonshire is using AntiSlip Plus® Smooth from Marley to provide a durable and effective external antislip surface for visitors.
Rushden Lakes, at Nene Valley in Northamptonshire, is set to open to visitors in summer 2017, and will offer over 400,000 sq.ft of new retail and restaurant accommodation, together with leisure activities, which are all set against the backdrop of a lake. 
The unique project, which comprises a 30-acre development, will also link up four existing nature reserves, identified as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), to create the Nene Wetlands, a one mile square natural space for visitors and wildlife to enjoy.  

As part of the project, more than 500,000 sq.ft of AntiSlip Plus® Smooth decking was used at the retail park development, creating a linear length of around 40km. 

Gary Wilburn, director of design and sustainability at HPW Architecture, who led the design and development of the masterplan for the 244-acre site, explains why, when selecting a decking solution to meet the bespoke needs of the project, AntiSlip Plus® Smooth was the obvious choice. He says: “The unique nature of the Rushden Lakes development is setting an entirely new standard for the retail and leisure experience, and as such, we required a decking solution that would not only deliver enduring anti-slip properties, but one that would also seamlessly fit in with the wider natural surroundings."



  • AntiSlip Plus® Smooth


  • Leisure and Tourism


  • HPW Architecture 


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Note: All of our decking products now use a new treatment which changes their colour to a French Beige - Tobacco Brown. While the colour has changed, the case studies still serve as a good indicator for the shape, function and possible applications of the product range. To see the new colour, please visit the main decking page or request a product sample.

Rushen lakes case study using Marley antislip decking

“Having used AntiSlip Plus® Smooth previously, we were already reassured that the product could meet our bespoke needs but, furthermore, meet the wider objective of the development project to ensure we used the highest quality specialised materials throughout.” 

The timber decking boards are specifically designed to provide a durable and effective external anti-slip surface to minimise any risk of slipping – even in adverse weather conditions. 

AntiSlip Plus® uses a unique formula of resin-based aggregate inserts, which are injected into the deck board grooves. For the smooth boards required by this project, grooves are specially machined into the boards to receive the inserts. They are treated to either Use Class 3 (MicroPro®) or Use Class 4 (Naturewood®) to protect the decking and suit the project requirements.  

Emily Dix, marketing executive at Marley, adds: “For a project such as Rushden Lakes, where huge numbers of visitors are expected, AntiSlip Plus® Smooth decking is an ideal solution, as it offers antislip properties that exceed HSL guidelines, but also seamlessly blends with the surrounding environment, making it the perfect choice for retail and conservation areas alike.”