December 04, 2014
Formerly owned by the Anglo-American Astor family, Cliveden House is located about 40 kilometers to the west of London. Situated high above the River Thames and surrounded by wooded countryside, this stately home has a colourful history dating back to the 1600s. Today, the house and grounds are a major tourist venue—attracting visitors from all around the world. The estate now belongs to the National Trust and the house has been a luxury hotel since 1985.
To help fund restoration work to the large terrace which runs the length of the south side of the house, a temporary pay-to-ride slide was installed in 2013. From August 2013 until November 2014 the slide took youngsters, and the young at heart, from the terrace at the back of Cliveden House down to the huge lawns and formal flower gardens.
The slide is made of nickel-containing Type 304 (UNS S30400) stainless steel in order to resist the weather and to always retain a clean, shiny appearance. The “wavy” slide is 7.5m high, 22m long and weighs about 3900kg. It is wide enough to accommodate four side-by-side tracks. The 2mm thick stainless steel was cut, formed and welded by Steel Line, U.K. with great care and attention to detail in order to minimize joints, eliminate rough edges and sharp corners and ensure a smooth, oxidation-free appearance.
Due to the restoration work on the terrace, the slide had to be moved. It easily endured this re-location.
Type 304 is a good material choice for playground equipment and outdoor furniture in most settings, as illustrated by this beautiful slide at Cliveden House. Seaside locations, or urban locations where road salt is used, would require more corrosion-resistant alloys such as nickel-containing Type 316 (UNS S31600) or Type 2205 (UNS S32205).