To showcase the beauty, versatility, durability and sustainability of timber decking and cladding, the TDCA have ran a calendar competition which will feature twelve inspirational projects for each month with the aim to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The TDCA asked their members to submit entries of their stand out projects for the previous twelve months.
We are delighted that our two entries will feature in the calendar and that the Rising Path Project at the Botanical Gardens in Cambridge which we supplied with non-slip Accoya deck boards was named as the overall winner of the competition and will feature on the main cover as well as take the September spot.
The project captivated the judge, Peter Willson, with him commenting 'it is a beautifully elegant structure that is entirely synergistic with the environment it sits within and made more so by the decision to use accoya for both decking and balustrade. The overall feel of the structure is one of precision in the use of wood in its design and construction and is a delightful contrast to the range of species within and around it.'
The second project we submitted was of the European Redwood deck boards we supplied for the large boardwalk at Bristol Zoo's Wild Place Project at their recently opened Bear Wood Exhibition and will be the feature project for December. The boardwalk reaches up to four metres in places to give visitors a unique view of the ancient woodland and the inhabitants living in them including European brown bears, European grey wolves, Eurasian lynxes and wolverines. Peter commented, 'something of a feature in zoos nowadays, this particular elevated walkway is formed from Gripsure's European redwood decking boards, is a major demonstration of the product's robustness. Widening in places to accommodate large scale explanatory graphics, the boardwalk has been designed to be both functional and educational, whilst protective in its separation of inhabitants and visitors.'
We hope the competition will raise a lot of money for the charity and the incredible work that they do. Copies are available to pre-order now on the TDCA's website - https://www.tdca.org.uk/blog/tdca-2020-charity-calendar/.