Specifying non-slip decking for schools, nurseries & playgrounds

Non-slip Decking

When specifying decking for schools, nurseries and playgrounds consideration must be given to aesthetics, maintenance and safety. Choosing the right products, which are inclusive and safe, ensures that everyone can enjoy the decked areas.

Many schools are choosing to use timber decking to create outdoor teaching and play areas to really maximise and utilise the space they have available.

Initially developed to meet the inclusivity requirements of the London 2012 Olympics, Marley’s CitiDeck is an ideal choice and is specified for many projects such as the Paddington Park Trail and the Robert Wilkinson Memorial Project.

CitiDeck is a smooth profile with 2 antislip inserts, which are a slightly less abrasive aggregate than our Antislip Plus® boards whilst still exceeding the HSE’s minimum requirement for a safe, non-slip surface. This provides an easier walking surface for children in play areas or schools. Rougher surfaces may present a marked change in grip, which can be unexpected for children and create a trip risk. This is also particularly beneficial for wheelchair users creating an inclusive surface for everyone using the deck.


Timber decks are low maintenance; aside from a sweep with a brush and an annual clean, they can be left to weather naturally. However, smooth deck boards are much easier to maintain and keep clean as the profile prevents litter or dirt becoming trapped. 

All of Marley’s antislip timber decking is structurally graded to a minimum of C16 and is preservative treated to achieve a 30-year service life, providing complete peace of mind and a cost-effective solution in the long term.

In addition, timber is a natural, aesthetically-pleasing material which can be left to weather naturally over time to blend in with its surroundings. Timber decking has the lowest embodied energy when compared to other hard landscaping materials and with all Marley’s antislip decking sourced sustainably with full FSC & PEFC accreditation, timber decking really is the natural choice to enhance the environmental credentials of any project.

Marley can provide technical support throughout the project, from specification to advice on installation. As every project has different challenges and objectives, our experienced technical support team can work with you to discuss your requirements and help you find the best solution.