Queens Park Rangers FC

As part of ongoing improvements at Loftus Road Stadium, the QPR management team identified a number of staircases as a potential slip risk and a hazard that needed controlling. Two of the staircases at the stadium were largely external and on matchdays had over 1,000 people using these as access and egress into the stands, which were deemed high risk, especially if external factors such as rain or poor weather occurred.

These steps had existed from the original build of the Stadium, and had repeatedly been painted year on year, resulting in the profile now forming a smooth surface and a potential slip hazard, especially in wet weather conditions.

Ever mindful of their Health & Safety obligations, Joshua Scott, QPR’s Facilities Manager, took immediate action and called on the services of the Thermapply Group, who supply and install their unique patented anti-slip treatment, marketed under the CheckerSafe™* trade mark.

CheckerSafe™* is NOT an anti-slip paint, (which has a very limited lifespan), but a far superior own formula thermoplastic which is heat bonded to any hard surface,( steel, concrete, wood, etc) resulting in an incredibly durable and aesthetically pleasing finish conforming to all DDA regulations and Stadium Safety “Green Book” recommendations, and at a recent North East Cheshire Business Awards Dinner, Thermapply Ltd received the top Gold Accolade for this unique product in the Science and Innovation category.

To facilitate a busy game schedule, the contract was split into two phases, each phase being completed within one working day, and due to the fact that treated surfaces are ready to be reused within approx. 30 -40 minutes (no waiting hours for paint to dry/cure) the total installation was completed with minimum downtime and disturbance to the Clubs normal routine.

In this instance QPR chose the full step anti-slip coverage in a dark grey with a contrasting DDA compliant white step edge, and on chosen landing areas the new QPR logo was incorporated, within the matrix of the anti-slip surface creating a safe, interesting, and aesthetically pleasing outcome.

A year down the line from the initial installation, Mr Scott reports that he has had no slip related incidents, with several fans and Management commenting on the overall improved appearance, and is in fact looking to extend this treatment to other areas of the Stadium.

CheckerSafe™ is our registered trademark for our patented treatment when applied to steel steps and fire escapes.

For further information, contact Thermagrip Ltd on 01625 874534 or email info@thermapply.co.uk

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