Specifier Review
New surface gets to grips with slips on external steps

New surface gets to grips with slips on external steps


Thermapply, a unique non-slip surface application specifically designed to eliminate slips, trips and falls at outdoor public and commercial spaces is now available.

The product, which is manufactured in the UK by Thermedia, has been developed in response to the general state of concrete, tarmac and chequer-plate surfaces and directly addresses these slip issues.

Thermedia believe more can be done to protect people from these types of accidents and Thermapply, a patented, thermoplastic surface will revolutionise the safety of stadia, commercial and public outdoor areas.


It has been developed specifically for stairs and walkways in high traffic areas and offers a tailored, ‘full-step’ anti-slip solution which has been SATRA certificated to withstand one million footfalls.  In addition, Thermapply is backed by a 10-year manufacturer’s guarantee and conforms to BS EN1824.

When used in stadia and venues the product will allow any stadium to be fully compliant with recommendations made by the DDA, Access for All, Sport England, FSIF (Football Stadia Improvement Fund) and the Green Guide (Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds) and following these trials, it is now installed in venues around the country.


Thermapply’s unique composition is thermoformed in-situ, cooling to a solid, non-porous state that will retain its non-slip properties.  This is because the infused aggregate runs throughout the depth of the thermoplastic material, ensuring that it remains non-slip and maintains both its looks and safety properties for at least the next decade.  As well as this, the material is quick and easy to install, immediately useable and remains low maintenance throughout its lifetime.

Jonathan Hamp, Managing Director of Thermedia explained, “Thermedia is dedicated to creating a safer visitor experience and this is fantastic news for the market, which has for many years managed with ‘best fit’ solutions that provide limited protection to the public.  I am convinced that the introduction of this product will significantly reduce the number of accidents and subsequent insurance claims that result”.

Should a venue wish to capitalise on its floor space or step space, Thermapply allows surface branding to be incorporated, enabling customers to insert corporate logos, messaging, instructions or numbers to the step edging or around the step area.  This is a totally unique, patented feature which offers a sponsorship, and therefore, a revenue opportunity to the site or venue, as well as adding to the overall impact of the step installation.


Thermapply can be used in outdoor arenas, sports and leisure facilities, theme parks; in fact any other outdoor public space where there is a risk to the public of a slip, trip or fall.