Case Studies - Bear Wood Boardwalk
Gripsure supplied Bristol Zoo Gardens Wild Place Project with over 17,000 meters of our Gripsure Pro Contemporary deck boards for visitor walkways at their Bear Wood Exhibition. The immersive boardwalk puts visitors in the heart of the forest, giving panoramic views of the woodland and the unique species living in them by being elevated up to four metres above the forest floor. In the following video, Rebecca Cole, the zoo's exhibition manager and Marcus Bird, Director at Elmtree Garden Contractors explain the exhibition further and their experiences of dealing with Gripsure.
About Bear Wood
Bear Wood, set in 7.5 acres of ancient woodland, tells the story of British woodlands, taking visitors on a journey starting 10,000 years ago to the present day. The exhibition has reintroduced native species who once roamed our woodlands including European brown bears, European grey wolves, Eurasian lynxes and wolverines.
Gripsure took a brief from the zoo and developed a specification to achieve:
- longevity in a wet and damp woodland environment by providing boards treated to Sector Scheme 4 treatment classification (30 years)
- certified FSC timber to ensure materials are from sustainable sources and to blend in with the natural woodland
- a low slip risk for the anticipated high volumes of visitors which was achieved by using three non-slip inserts which has been tried and tested at other visitor attractions
- pushchair and wheelchair friendly surfaces achieved through a smooth profile to avoid discomfort as well as being easy to maintain
- deck boards cross cut to the exact width of the boardwalk to minimise wastage, reduce risk on site and speed up installation
Gripsure Pro Contemporary deck boards were supplied across a number of scheduled deliveries to Elmtree Garden Contractors so that they could keep to their construction programme and limit the amount of storage space required on site. As well as the large and impressive boardwalk, Gripsure also supplied custom infographic boards to create time hop sections to help tell the story of our ancient woodlands and the species within them. We also supplied a tree root section for a centre piece feature which has had incredible feedback from visitors to the site.