WalkSure decking - A star attraction

WalkSure decking - A star attraction

Published: 08/11/2011 00:00

WalkSure, Metsä Wood's low slip deck board, was successfully trialled by Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire for an eight-month period to help provide a safer environment for its visitors. The award-winning attraction was looking for aproduct, which would offer a safe, durable and attractive surface for areas with high pedestrian traffic.

Drayton Manor Walksure Decking Installation          
Above: Walksure decking installation at Drayton Manor. View our full range of Metsä Wood decking.

Drayton Manor attracts around 1.4 million visitors per year. Over the last few years, the theme park has introduced a number of ramps, which lead up to the rides. For these ramps, the theme park was looking for a solution, which would not only be safe in both wet and dry conditions but also one that boasted exceptional durability and could therefore deal with the high number of visitors. The theme park had tried a number of solutions including stone and mixing grit with paint but these were unsuccessful. With this, the theme park was introduced to Metsä Wood's WalkSure decking.

WalkSure decking combines EPDM rubber with pressure treated softwood in a single deck board resulting in a safe low slip surface in both wet and dry conditions; the product is independently tested to BS 7976 part 2 to conform to UK slip resistance guidelines and also carries DeckMark Plus certification, providing high quality reassurance under the requirements of the Timber Decking Association (TDA).

The precision-finished deck board is manufactured using only the highest quality, slow grown joinery grade timber, which is sourced from certified forests. The board is kiln dried and pressure treated, which increases durability. The result is a product that is easy to maintain and ideal for high traffic areas.

WalkSure decking offers an attractive colour alternative to traditional deck boards and is available in a number of different finishes making it ideal for a number of applications. Metsä Wood's WalkSure has also been installed at AquaGem, an Essex-based professional swim school, across a number of public areas at Edinburgh Zoo and most recently at one of the UK's largest retail shopping centres, Bluewater.

Product: Metsä Wood WalkSure low slip decking
Project: Drayton Manor Theme Park

Other decking available from Metsä Wood include: Softwood decking, Thermowood decking, Grassedeck decking, Walksure decking, Hardwood decking, Composite decking.