Case studies: Eden Project

The Rainforest Canopy walkway | Photo credit Mark Passmore/APEX
The Rainforest Canopy walkway | Photo credit Mark Passmore/APEX
The Rainforest Canopy walkway | Photo credit Mark Passmore/APEX Anti slip treetop walkway accessible to wheelchairs and buggies The non slip walkway lead visitors through the tree tops | Photo credit Matt Jessop The Eden project Gripsure Pro Contemporary deck board used on the walkway

The Eden Project

The Eden Project installed a Treetop Canopy Walkway in the Humid Tropics Biome to give visitors a unique opportunity to experience the rainforest from among the tree tops. The walkway needed to be accessible to wheelchairs and buggies as well as being able to cope with the heavy footfall from the tens of thousands of visitors that visit Eden every year.

The Eden Project's Humid Tropics Biome is designed to house over 2000 species of tropical plants in an environment that will allow them to reach their full potential, meaning that the paths, floor surfaces and bridges can be damp. The severe environment, which is maintained at 30°C and 60% humidity means that materials degrade more quickly than in a normal external environment. 

The Eden Project has strict requirements for sustainable, renewable materials and a modest budget. Rather than using conventional decking that becomes slippery when wet, Eden approached Gripsure who supplied them with GripsurePro Contemporary non-slip decking. The profile is a plain deck board with two non-slip aggregate inserts that deliver a high slip resistance with a sleek finish.

Safety is top of the agenda for a large attraction such as The Eden Project. They required something durable, low maintenance and above all safe.

Eden were delighted with the outcome: "We are very happy with the added safety the product brings for our visitors and we have received excellent service from Gripsure"

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