Case study: Wild Swans Production – The Young Vic Theatre London
TimberTech decking has transformed all kinds of spaces from the gardens of luxury homes to beachside balconies and even lifeboat stations.
But for the past three months it took to the London stage after set builder Simon Heap spotted the quality wood composite decking as an ideal solution to the challenges he faced creating the set for a production of Wild Swans at the Young Vic Theatre.
He needed something strong and durable that could withstand everything the show’s demands threw at it but still looked good and in-keeping with other parts of the show.
Not only did the TimberTech boards have to endure a cast of more than 20 actors’ feet for eight shows a week over three months, the boards were covered in dirt, scraped clean and swept then completely flooded for each and every performance.
Because of these demands, Simon, who runs Made 100 exhibition services, was set the challenge to come up with a design and build solution.
He ordered TimberTech’s high quality VertiGrain Grey boards to cover the 113m x 4.8m area.
“This stage was going to get completely flooded every single night as it had to emulate a paddy field for part of the performance,” he said.
“Because of this and all of the other demands and abuse a set has to withstand, it had to be heavy, substantial and durable and TimberTech ticked all the boxes.
“Its design meant it could withstand the water and would not warp but also looked like traditional floorboards for other scenes in Wild Swans. It needed to stand up to the challenge - which it did, so we were more than happy with the product and its performance!”
TimberTech is made from a unique mix of wood and polymer, and looks just like traditional timber decking, but with virtually no maintenance – just regular sweeping and an occasional power wash will keep it looking as good as the day it was installed.
It is also weather-resistant, so won’t stain, warp or fade like standard wood decking – TimberTech even offers a 25 year residential warranty on all of its decking products.
The decking is easy to install with a fixing-free finish, and is a greener option too – not only do you eliminate chemical wood preservers and staining products, the boards are made from excess wood from the furniture industry ensuring eco-friendly, long-lasting decking which doesn’t cost the earth.
If you would like to use TimberTech to create the perfect space, whether for your home or a more unusual project, click here to order a free sample, or call our sales team on 029 2037 1584 for a full consultation.
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