Center Parcs

Boardwalk and Swimming Paradise


Popular UK short break destination, Center Parcs, chose Gripsure to replace its iconic wooden boardwalk as part of a new structure with non-slip, eye-catching decking. Center Parcs Longleat Forest in Wiltshire needed to replace the former boardwalk which formed a main thoroughfare for the village and had been well used by visitors for the past 20 years.

Gripsure’s Heritage board was the perfect choice to revamp the walkway, with its innovative non-slip decking guaranteeing the safety of guests and staff, whatever the weather.

A representative for Center Parcs Ltd, said: “The Heritage board within the Gripsure range very much matched what we were looking for by giving good coverage in terms of non-slip but also retaining the feel of using a natural product. We are very pleased with the results. We had trialled some of the boards in another area of the village so were confident about how it would perform but the decking has really helped to give an excellent finish to the whole look of the boardwalk.”

Opting for the thicker 50mm decking due to the span and use of the boardwalk, the structure was designed and installed by B and B Innovations. The firm created an innovative boardwalk with no bolts passing through any of the structural timbers. Unusually the decking was also fixed underneath to minimise water ingressions with both methods designed to maximise the life cycle of the boardwalk.

The team at Center Parcs were so impressed with the quality, safety and finish of the product that they have since specified Gripsure products within the Center Parcs Standard Details for use on additional bridges, boardwalks, steps and deck areas.

Photo credit to B and B Innovations.

Subtropical Swimming Paradise

Gripsure supplied 1,200 linear meters of solid green Gripsure Aquadeck® that was used as part of the development of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest. The water park is considered the crown jewel of the family friendly short break destination and the refurbishment of the pool marks the 30th anniversary in the UK for Center Parcs, which had its first British site in Sherwood Forest.

The Subtropical Swimming Paradise is heated to 29.5c all year round, adorned with tropical plants and features water rides, flumes, a wave pool and family cabanas. New additions to the water park at Sherwood Forest included Tropical Cyclone, an exciting 4-person raft ride, as well as family friendly water play areas Venture Bay and Venture Harbour.

Vibrant green Gripsure Aquadeck® was used for an outdoor poolside lounge area. The non-slip decking features two anti-slip rubber inserts that are soft underfoot suited for barefoot use. Gripsure Aquadeck® unlike other rubber crumb products, benefits from drainage channels designed to allow water to drain through the timber board, making it the perfect non-slip solution for this poolside application and to ensure safe use in both wet and dry conditions for guests of all ages.

Gripsure Heritage Non-Slip Decking

Gripsure Aquadeck non-Slip Decking

Visitor Boardwalk at Center Parcs
Visitor Boardwalk at Center Parcs
green Non-Slip Decking Around Poolside