Duraplas® recycled plastic profiles have been used to create colourful stairways at Alton Tower’s popular Waterpark attraction.

Originally, the balustrades on the stairways, which are prominent features within the water park, were produced using painted softwood. This was vulnerable to discolouration and rotting and, as a result, a complete and costly annual replacement programme was necessary.

This had to be accomplished during the short period each year when the water park is closed and time is at a premium to get the large complex of
pools, chutes and bridges ‘ship shape’.

Now the softwood has been replaced by Duraplas, the only multi-coloured recycled plastic profiles available that could provide a durable solution capable of withstanding heavy usage by the thousands of visitors and the constantly damp, humid atmosphere and rigorous cleaning regimes.

Supplied in four vivid colours and a natural wood shade, the profiles will stay looking bright and fresh for many years of service without the need for
active maintenance.

Gary Ellams, Maintenace Manager (Waterpark) at Alton Towers, said: “We were impressed by how easy it was to build the new balustrades with the Duraplas profiles using standard tools such as mitre saws, drills and routers. Because the profiles are the same colour all the way through, they
could be machined and cut without any loss of colour. “The plastic profiles are unaffected by the humid environment and can be jet washed without any possibility of fading. “Duraplas is a high quality construction product made from recycled plastic waste and, as such, has impeccable environmental credentials.”

Centriforce Managing Director Simon Carroll said the company was delighted to be associated with such a high profile project. “The stairways at Alton Towers demonstrate the versatility and ease-of use of Duraplas as well as the potential of its unique colour range to brighten up leisure environments while reducing maintenance requirements.”

Case Study Info

Client: Alton Towers Resort

Product: Duraplas® Recycled Plastic Profiles

Project: Alton Towers Waterpark