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Stansfeld Park, Oxford

Marley Anti-slip timber decking installed by Deckbuilders UK, brings a natural aesthetic

Around 1,450 linear metres of Marley Antislip Plus Smooth decking was supplied to complement the Wood Centre for Innovation and Science Oxford Centre at Stansfeld Park. The decking was used to provide safe and attractive walkways and amenity space for the outdoor areas of the innovation centre.

The project was designed by ADP Architecture, construction led by Beard Construction and leading decking installation specialist, Deckbuilders (UK) Ltd

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The project specification required excellent safety characteristics around the site, and aesthetic appeal was also essential. The Oxford Trust wanted the development to blend in with the local scenery and provide something of an 'escape' from the hustle and bustle of Oxford — for both children and entrepreneurs alike.

For the rear of the park, this was achieved through using Marley’s renowned Antislip Plus Smooth decking to create a beautiful, natural decking area that people can enjoy in sunnier months, but which will also be usable in wet weather.

The space, from envisioning to delivery of the project, works because of the natural setting of the building within the woodland and pondscape. Standing on site now it looks and feels incredible, it’s brilliant and the decking ties everything together beautifully. It’s going to be a fantastic resource, and the products selected for that area were essential to making that happen.

- Matt Francis, project operations director at The Oxford Trust -

Since the outdoor area is multi-purpose with high footfall, health and safety was a major concern. The space also needed to be weather-resistant and able to withstand heavy use.

Due to the steep drops around the back of the development, it was also imperative that the area ties into the building’s fire-exit strategy, with decking wrapping around the property. This meant that the decking area had to exceed the HSE’s minimum requirements for non-slip surfaces and provide reassurance for both the centre and its visitors.

To meet the demanding specifications of the decking area, Beard Construction went to leading decking installation specialist, and TDCA member, Deckbuilders (UK) Ltd, with which the company has a long-established working relationship.

We have always worked closely with Marley and have used its products on a number of our projects. Marley’s Antislip Plus Smooth decking is a high-quality, anti-slip product that ticked all the boxes for this project, and we are confident it will stand the test of time for The Oxford Trust. The support and service received from Marley is fantastic, and we’ll happily recommend them for projects in the future

- A spokesperson for Deckbuilders (UK) Ltd -