Marley Antislip Plus redwood decking has been used to create a timber boardwalk which provides a scenic pedestrian link for a new community in Leicester.
New Lubbesthorpe is an ambitious project to develop a complete community, including 4,250 high-quality new homes, two primary schools, a secondary school, and retail and business space. The site will also have some of the largest, most biodiverse and attractive parks created in the wider urban area in the last 50 years with over 320 acres of parkland within the scheme.
Landscape architects FPCR Environment & Design provided planning, masterplanning, design and detail design services for the scheme and designed a feature large boardwalk to provide pedestrian access to the new homes.
Marley's Antislip Plus decking, with a smooth profile, was chosen to create the boardwalk, giving pedestrians the opportunity to walk over, or around the lake, adding a park-like aesthetic to the entrance of the site. Antislip 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. They use a unique formula of resin-based aggregate inserts, which are injected into the deckboard grooves.
Over 3000m of Antislip Plus smooth decking was installed on the New Lubbesthorpe boardwalk. The boards were also treated with MicroPro, a preservative system which incorporates micronized copper co-biocides to improve durability and provide a natural timber look.
The curved boardwalk also features wooden benches so residents can stop and take in their surroundings.
“Having been impressed by the Marley timber decking at the Olympic Park in London, we contacted the manufacturer to find out how it could be used in a similar way to create the boardwalk at New Lubbesthorpe. We chose the Marley Antislip Plus because we wanted the boardwalk to have a smooth and clean finish which is easy to maintain and suitable for use in all weathers. The decking gives a clean, contemporary style that is suited to such a large boardwalk and creates a striking first impression.”
– Jane Fortescue, FPCR Environment & Design
“Our Antislip decking is ideal for projects like this that require a natural, contemporary aesthetic but need to be safe to use in all weather conditions and easy to maintain. The boardwalk at the New Lubbesthorpe development creates an impressive frontage to the site and also helps to maximise the use of green space for pedestrians.”
– Emily-Jane Dix, Marley