ABL News


ABL Investment - Stretch Forming Capability

ABL have invested in new up to date technology incorporating a fully controlled 2 axis forming machine that is capable of 8 axis forming-four axis on the base of the machine and two on each side.

ABL Receives Top Supplier Award

The award given by Control Techniques (CT) recognises ABL as one of their top 5 suppliers. ABL achieved 100% on time delivery and a quality reject rate score of less than 100 ppm.


New Aluminium Flooring, Bridges and Decking.
The use of aluminium profiles can offer architects a new range of options for permanent walkways. ABL Architectural's seminar covers product design, specification (including structural loadings), surface finishes, installation options, anti-slip ratings and environmental assessments.
The CPD seminar offers a perfect opportunity for you and your colleagues to learn more about the product and what options it offers compared to other materials - including the relative advantages / disadvantages of different substrates.

For more information on the seminar please go to our CPD page.

Latest Article

Why Choose Aluminium for Architectural Walkways?

Have you ever considered what your walkway, bridge deck or steps are constructed of? The most common answer is, of course, aluminium and it will be an aluminium extrusion section or profile.
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Attractive in appearance and featuring cross-serrated edges that ensure safe walking, this designer decking is the ideal choice for use in public areas. Slots have a maximum dimension of 3.5x8mm ensuring walking in stilettos or urban footwear is safe and easy.

Mostly un-punched and suited to both building and transport applications, this industrial decking is normally finned, but can be cross-grooved to increase its anti-skid characteristics in a longitudinal direction. Alternatively, smooth-surfaced decking can be plastic sand coated to improve grip.

A special combination of punching and embossing ensures safe walking in all directions, excellent water drainage and easy cleaning. The small inside dimensions of the punched holes of 10.5x10.5mm prevent larger sized parts, (eg. bolts and keys etc.), from falling through the grating planks.


ABL Architectural Aluminium Decking

With its proven design and high performance qualities, ABL Architectural decking is widely recognised as a definitive architectural solution for a multitude of applications. These include:

  • Staircases
  • Bridge Decking
  • Walkways
  • Balconies
  • Flooring

The system is precision engineered in lightweight aluminium with a modular connection system requiring no welding for assembly. We offer a variety of load bearing profiles that can be purchased in standard lengths or bespoke cut-to-size lengths. ABL Architectural decking combines the functional possibilities of extrusion technology with the outstanding material properties of anodised aluminium. These qualities ensure that the decking is aesthetically pleasing and robust whilst offering ease of installation and a strong adherence to UK and European safety and construction regulations.

ABL Architectural decking has been designed to meet the requirements of various architectural sectors including:

  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Residential
  • Recreational
  • Infrastructural
aluminium decking in Manchester shopping centre

The product has been proven globally for over 20 years and has found particular success in Europe having been specified for a multitude of projects across diverse architectural sectors.

More locally within the UK, the product has been specified on a number of well-recognised buildings and structures. These include:

  • The Victoria Dock Bridge
  • The Millenniuim Bridge
  • Liffey Bridge, Dublin
  • Lloyds Register of Shipping
  • Featured in 5 applications within the Millennium Dome
  • Lords Cricket Ground
  • Chiswick Park
  • Salvage Wharf, (The Mailbox), Birmingham
  • Chelsea Football Stadium

A full list of previous UK projects and the architects responsible for them can be found in our online brochure.

ABL Architectural offers three key types of decking; Designer, Industrial and Grating. Please follow the links at the top of this web page to find out which design of decking is best suited to your application.