Directly outside the campus pavilion, the rainbow crossing provides the University with a symbol of diversity, inclusion and equality as well as providing a happy and supportive atmosphere around the campus. One of the UK’s most trusted road marking and surfacing installers, L&R Roadlines carefully carried out the work in just five hours from start to finish. The material used for the rainbow crossings, PumaTrack, has been used on similar projects all over the world. The versatile MMA product, manufactured by Hitex Traffic Safety, is traditionally specified for cycle paths and walkways because of its even, slip resistant finish. However, in this case, the product was used for the bright and vibrant colours.
The Nottingham Trent Students Union (NTSU) helped make the crossing happen after receiving feedback from fellow students who had seen similar crossings in the city centre. Students at the University have praised the initiative which aims to promote inclusivity across its campuses’, and some see the measure as a way of increasing LGBT+ Students “sense of belonging”. The flag, named the ‘Progress Pride’ flag in 2017, includes the colours representing the transgender community as well as those originally included in the pride flag. The black and brown stripes featured in the crossing also aim to recognise BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) members of the LGBT+ community.
Group Marketing Manager at Hitex International Group and former Nottingham Trent Student stated, “It was fantastic revisiting the University for the day and see the amazing developments since I graduated fifteen years ago. Seeing the company I now represent working to install the rainbow crossing which symbolises so much was fantastic to see.”
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