Playscheme chose Marley's CitiDeck anti-slip timber decking for the Robert Wilkinson memorial project.
In memory of four-year-old Jake Smith who passed away in December 2016, the project comprised of a bespoke treehouse with a surrounding walkway and garden area, fully furnished with CitiDeck.
Funding for the project was raised with the help of Strensall Community, Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy, and Jake’s family with the ambition being to create something that would not only be a memory to Jake, but also give back to the local community. The treehouse (named “Jake’s Treehouse”) was expertly designed by Playscheme to reflect Jake’s personality, with quirky angles and coloured windows to represent his liveliness and enthusiasm. The vibrant design is something of a hit with the local children, who also had input into the creation of the space itself.
The surrounding garden area includes a planting space for the community to use, with local families bringing flowers to plant in memory of Jake. Additionally, a small pond and tree platform were included to bring a some natural aesthetics and greenery to the space. The treehouse itself also uses adorning skylights and windows to draw in the natural light, which helps to bring a great deal of that vibrancy inside.
Improving safety and sustainability with non-slip timber decking
Because of the dual purpose for the project, Playscheme had to plan ahead to ensure that it would be suitable for heavy, sustained use by children playing in the treehouse and surrounding communal planting space. The combination of potentially damp terrain and the walkway leading up to the treehouse was understandably a key area of consideration even in the conceptual stages. Consequently Playscheme decided to install anti-slip decking across the walkway, the stairs up into the treehouse, and in the treehouse’s internal space to ensure the space would be safe and sustainable for children in the community to enjoy to the fullest.
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. Treated to achieve a 30-year service life, CitiDeck’s 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.
Commenting on the importance of safety and the reasons for choosing Marley CitiDeck, Graham Swales, Production Assistant at Playscheme explained: “Everything that we build has everything checked. Every opening, every gap, every bit of a wood that comes over a rail. Everything is measured and checked over around four times before it’s actually signed off. Especially because children might be going from wet grass, and running up the stairs into the treehouse, meant we needed all decking to be non-slip for safety reasons, and the product we go to for that is CitiDeck.”