A plastic planking system made in West Yorkshire is being used to house the world's most valuable horses.
Click & Fix is a range of snap-together plastic panelling products manufactured by Tatra Plastics at Norwood Green, Wyke, on the Bradford/Halifax boundary.
It was used to build the 295 stables for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; the structure was then re-erected for the 2012 Horse of the Year Show, at the NEC Birmingham from the 3-7 October.
When Woodhouse Show and Event Services in Cotgreave, Nottingham, was contracted in February 2011 by Locog to design, install and maintain the stables for the London 2012 Games, the company commissioned Tatra Plastics to supply its reusable panels.
Tony Marsh, managing director at Woodhouse, said: “The focus of the Locog 2012 design brief was to ensure that the supplied hire equipment would not give rise to waste and landfill when the usage finished.
“We used the Tatra wall panels because they are formed from recycled plastics and are themselves recyclable. They offer better durability than wood and do not splinter when kicked, thus reducing the risk of horse injury. Additionally, the fabrication does not use any nails, a further improvement to the safety and welfare of the stabled horses.”