In an Australian first, the Gold Coast Council has installed Enduroplank™ decking as a floating platform over soft sand—specifically designed to give wheelchair access right to the water’s edge.
Various other types of products had been trialled by the council before choosing Enduroplank™’, but the solid grooved surface of the Enduroplank™ decking provided an ideal non-slip surface for wheelchair accessibility.
The decking was laid on top of the sand using recycled-plastic bearers to hold the planks in place.
There was no need for piers into the beach as the whole platform interlocks. In this situation it will have a life span of over forty years.
The council said they liked that the, ‘grey colour of the deck blends in with the natural colours surrounding it, making it non-obtrusive’. It also doubles as a pedestrian beach access which is very easy to walk on and will not burn the soles of your feet.
The project consumed the equivalent of over 35,000 plastic two-litre milk containers and saved about 85 cubic metres of landfill. The council says they are happy that they, ‘can use a product that is not only efficient in its application, but practical and environmentally friendly’.