Oxford Brookes University specified CitiDeck®, a smooth, profiled non-slip timber decking board, for their postgraduate lounge, which was part of a new eco-friendly £17million ‘village’ development, formed part of the Marston Road project. The project provided an additional 358 residential units for postgraduates close to existing halls of residence and CitiDeck® timber decking was installed on the roof terrace and ground-level terraced areas of the development.
Architect on the project Michael Magri, of GSS Architecture explained: “We specified our general requirement, which was for timber decking to fit with the natural aspect of the design – the ground floor terrace surrounds and cantilevers over the central water feature. The anti-slip requirement was a major priority in this area, which will have heavy pedestrian traffic throughout the year.”
As CitiDeck® combines all the safety benefits of AntiSlip Plus® inserts with the user-friendly nature of smooth deck boards, which are much easier to walk on in heeled shoes in urban environments compared to castellated decking, CitiDeck® was the perfect choice for the project.
It also provides a smoother surface for wheelchair users and the visually impaired and Marley recommends the use of AntiSlip Plus® inserts for all decks where there is public access, or a high level of pedestrian traffic. Oxford Brookes University was supplied with two AntiSlip Plus® inserts, which provide users with a safe, slip resistant surface in all weathers.
In addition to providing improved walking comfort for users wearing high heeled shoes, CitiDeck® is frequently specified for outdoor areas where food is served as its smooth surface prevents food, dirt, or litter becoming trapped, making it much easier to clean for maintenance teams.
Natural decking has the lowest embodied energy of any mainstream building material and is a managed material to deliver a more sustainable product, enhancing the environmental credentials of the project.
All Marley decking boards meet BS7976 with full FSC and PEFC chain of custody. CitiDeck® timber decking provides complete peace of mind with a comprehensive 25-year guarantee.
Marley's AntiSlip Plus® inserts have been independently tested by the HSE’s Health and Safety Laboratory, using a Stanley Pendulum Test (as described in BS 7976 parts 1-3, 2002) operated to issue 3, 2005 of the UK Slip Resistance Group (UKSRG) guidelines. AntiSlip Plus® was shown to significantly exceed the minimum requirement for ‘low potential for slip’ in both wet and dry conditions.
Marley also offer technical support throughout the project lifecycle, from specification with the client or architect, to installation advice for contractors. As every project has different challenges and objectives, their experienced technical support team can work with you to find the best decking solution.