Category Archives: External Works

Tameside Council goes au naturel at Ashton Market

Aggregate Industries

Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has successfully completed delivery of over 4,000m2 of natural stone to Ashton Market Square in Tameside, Greater Manchester.

Part of a masterplan to transform the historic square into a modern and vibrant place, Tameside Council were looking for a paving solution that would preserve the character of the area, add design interest and showcase the space at its best.

Inspired by Salford City Council’s successful Greengate public realm project, Tameside specified 4,100m2 of Italian Porphyry natural stone paving, including all of its ten distinct colour variations and hues. In addition to its striking aesthetics, Italian Porphyry was selected for its hard wearing, frost and skid resistant properties ensuring it would perform on durability in an area of high footfall.

Charcon attended multiple design meetings and provided technical laying and delivery support for the Council’s in-house contracting team. A well-established supply network in Northern Italy meant that sourcing the full range of colour variations from a variety of different quarries was no issue.

As a busy, active market place, open seven days a week, the Council wanted minimal disruption. Upgrade works had to be phased, with parts of the market closed off during certain stages and supporting traffic measures put in place. Partnering with local merchant, Benchmark Building Supplies, Charcon was able to store all of the natural stone to be supplied at their Ashton compound, calling off necessary stocks as required on the job just a couple of miles down the road.

Mike Davies, Category Manager for Charcon, said: “We were delighted to not only supply Tameside Council with the volume of Italian Porphyry natural stone required, in the full range of hues, but also to support them with design and delivery. Our partnership with Benchmark was also critical to ensure we were able to supply the project in a timely fashion. With natural stone taking care, attention and time to lay correctly, being able to call off smaller quantities at a time really assisted project delivery.

“Premium natural stone, such as our Italian Porphyry, is becoming more and more popular in public realm spaces. It’s distinctive and looks great, is incredibly hard wearing and is reasonably easy to maintain because of its low absorbance rate giving it higher resistance to staining. It’s a great choice for high footfall city centre applications.”

The redevelopment of Ashton Market will see the introduction of new stalls and kiosks, high quality landscaping and trees, a performance area, seating areas as well as new street furniture and lighting. The project will not only provide a brand new modern market for traders and shoppers but will also complement the multi-million pound “Vision Tameside” masterplan.

For further information about Charcon range of products, visit www.charcon.com or call 01335 372 222.

Pop Up Power Supplies® offer retractable service units which supply electricity, water and air to public spaces

Pop Up Power  Ranging from historic sites, town squares, universities, market places, parks and sports stadiums, Pop Up Power Supplies® offer a range of practical and effective retractable service units which provide a safe, secure and silent outdoor power source.

Due to their retractable nature, the units can be used in a variety of places that require subtlety and the ability to disappear when not required. They offer possibilities for more varied uses, giving stadiums new life long after their planned functions.

A series of standard products are available as well as bespoke units with recessed tops that can accommodate different paving.

Pop Up Power Supplies® also supply electricity through In-Ground Units with flip top lids and Street Bollards in a variety of designs to suit the surroundings.  Pop Up Power Supplies® launched their new range of Flip Lid Power Units at this year’s Civils Expo, part of UK Construction Week 2016.

Featuring a new and improved design, with a new hydraulic system to open the lid, a sturdier case, and a more practical arrangement for the power sockets and cables within the unit, the new In-Ground Unit from Pop Up Power Supplies® is an important development for the company.

Pop Up Power Supplies® have worked with clients up and down the country, providing efficient, sympathetic utility solutions in busy public areas.

Tel: 0208 227 0208  www.popuppower.co.uk

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Charcon’s Cycle Kerb Wins Top London Innovation Award

Cycle Kerb Segregation System

Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has been crowned the winner of the Innovation of the Year – Materials category at the 2016 London Construction Awards, thanks to its Eco Countryside™ Cycle Kerb Segregation System.

The judges were impressed by Charcon’s creativity and expertise in developing a bespoke hard landscaping solution that would serve as a safe and sustainable segregation system which, in the case of the Mayor’s Flagship Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2), is already helping to reduce the number of accidents on London’s roads.

The creation of this innovative product derived from TfL’s significant investment in the CS2 between Aldgate and Bow interchange to make the route safer for cyclists and other road users, following a significant amount of cycle related incidents in the area.

The challenge was to create a unique integrated system that reduced both installation time and traffic disruption.  The Eco Countryside™ Cycle Kerb Segregation System was subsequently developed by Charcon’s technical team as an alternative to the imported granite kerb configuration with concrete block paving inlay previously used.  Replicating the aesthetics of natural granite, it has offered a 33% carbon footprint reduction due to being manufactured in the UK, utilising 82% recycled and secondary material content.  Installation time for construction of the cycle route was reduced by 50%, which in turn impacted positively on the cost of preliminaries and traffic management.

Winning such a prestigious accolade cements Charcon’s position as the market leader for bespoke cycle segregation systems.  The Eco Countryside Kerb strengthens Charcon’s existing range of cycle kerbs which have been manufactured for various cycleway projects across the country, for the likes of Cambridgeshire County Council and Nottingham City Council.

The Charcon team attended the ceremony at London’s Royal Garden Hotel on Wednesday 26th October, with Mike Davies, Category Manager for Charcon, collecting the award.  On winning the award, Mike comments: “Being awarded Innovation of the Year for this particular project makes us incredibly proud. We worked hard to develop and supply 24,000l/m of a product that would not only improve the safety of the cyclists and other road users, but also that of the contractors due to the ease and speed of installation which also reduced the impact on road users during construction. We’d like to thank TfL and Ringway Jacobs for giving us the opportunity to partner with them on such an important project which, quite literally, will help to save lives.

“With the growth of cycleway infrastructure throughout the country, the potential for our segregation kerb solutions is significant and we have already seen an increasing number of Local Authorities showing an interest.”

For further information about Charcon range of products, visit www.charcon.com or call 01335 372 222.

Kee Systems keep rail safety on track

Kee Systems

Kee Klamp® guardrail fittings and BoxBolt® fixing solutions have been installed along a new railway line to provide safety for pedestrians, drivers and maintenance teams accessing electrical boxes along the train track. This installation, which saw Kee Systems provide the safety products, forms part of an £89 million project to improve commuter times into London from Bicester and Oxford.

Network Rail unveiled a joint scheme with leading integrated support services company, Carillion Plc, and Stowe-based multi-disciplinary contracting firm, Buckingham Group, to deliver the design and construction of the East West Railway route. Completed in December 2016, the project saw the refurbishment and installation of the new railway line to increase local connectivity and improve journey times into London. Working in collaboration with Carillion Buckingham JV, Kee Systems supplied 8,000 metres of Kee Klamp® fittings and 10,000 units of BoxBolt®. These systems were installed to prevent pedestrian and vehicles from straying into off limit areas and to provide safe access to maintenance teams on either side of the railway line.

The installation of Kee Systems products successfully met Network Rail’s design requirement for 1250mm high guardrail achieving a 400 n/m design load for the project. A variety of fixing methods were deployed throughout the project, with majority being fixed using BoxBolt® onto steel capping beams. All the holes had to be drilled with a magnetic drill to fix BoxBolt®. The project also involved the installation of 56 units of Kee Klamp® culvert headwalls, using a 114-8 off-set design to help accommodate the varying angles on each individual headwall.

“This was a large project requiring detailed logistical planning and scheduling to deliver the project on-time,” says Barry Mullen, Project Manager for Carillion Buckingham JV. “We chose Kee Klamp® fittings as they can be installed using a standard hex key, making it quick and easy to install. Kee Systems succeeded in delivering the project on-time and on budget, which resulted in an extremely satisfied client.”

The Kee Klamp® range offers outstanding versatility and is suited to a range of guardrail applications. Manufactured from galvanised cast iron, the Kee Klamp® system securely joins structural steel tube into almost any conceivable configuration across a variety of angles. Designed with ease and speed of installation in mind, the components completely eliminate the need for hot works on site, resulting in significant cost and time savings. Neither specialist labour nor tools are required as Kee Klamp® fittings can be installed using a standard hex key, with each fitting incorporating an internal set screw to lock the respective fitting safely and securely onto the tube. Complying with BS EN 1562 & BS EN 1563, the Kee Klamp® fittings are TÜV certified for strength, manufacturing quality and consistency.

The BoxBolt® range is the blind fixing solution for connecting into hollow sections or where access is restricted to one side only.  This system provides an economical solution to making blind connections when compared with traditional methods such as welding or bolting through. Featuring a hexagonal head design that helps installation with a standard wrench, BoxBolt® is suitable for use with rectangular square and even circular hollow sections. The range is available in three finishes zinc plated for the less aggressive environments, hot dip galvanized for the more aggressive environments, and stainless steel for the most demanding of applications. The system eliminates complicated fabrications such as welding internal nuts or providing internal stiffeners to reduce crushing from tightening. BoxBolt® is approved by Lloyds Register and also DIBt (Deutsches Institut fur Bautechnik) and complies with the design requirements to Euro code 3 and DIN 18800.

www.keesystems.com

Flood Defence Systems Continue To Gain Ground

During 2016, IBS continued to deliver successful installations of high profile glass flood defence systems around the UK, taking their total of successfully delivered projects past the 1.5Km milestone since the first system was installed in Keswick in 2011. Included in 2016’s successes was the UK’s largest glass flood defence system at 520m long, installed to protect the village of Paull (near Hull) from future tidal surges and as a part of the wider Hull and Holderness Flood Alleviation Scheme, a project that is providing defences along the Humber estuary together with inland engineering works.

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These recent projects have allowed IBS to continue their unrivalled success in the delivery of these specialist glass flood defence systems. Having re-located to larger premises in South Yorkshire at the end of 2015, IBS continue to expand and support more clients in the UK, most recently by the addition of a new team member to help manage the ever increasing level of enquiries.

Managing Director Ray Moulds, says

”After such an exceptional year with multiple large contract successes, not only in the UK & Ireland but also globally, we’re very much looking forward to 2017 and seeing our business expand further. By this I don’t just mean by supporting more and more clients with our high quality innovative solutions, but also with exciting product developments that our teams are working on and which will enhance our client offerings for the future”.

You can see IBS at a number of events during 2017, including the Cumbria Flood Expo in Carlisle at the beginning of February and the Flood & Coast exhibition in Telford at the end of March, both of which they are providing sponsorship for.

IBS Engineered Products Ltd is a leading supplier of flow control and flood protection equipment.  The main product range includes penstocks, stoplogs, glass flood defences, demountable flood barriers/walls and floodgates.

www.ibsengineeredproducts.co.uk

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Updated Gardens & Drives brochure gives landscapers a new secret weapon

Brett Landscaping

Updated and refreshed from top to bottom, Brett Landscaping, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of high quality aggregate and paving products, have launched their Garden & Drives 2017 aimed at supporting merchants and contractors selling into the homeowner audience. The brochure provides comprehensive guide to the stylish and innovative products and services available from Brett next year.

Gardens & Drives 2017 has been designed to be of maximum benefit to consumers facing difficult decisions over their landscaping requirements. The brochure provides clear and concise information as well as high quality imagery to show the Brett product range with new clarity.

To help landscapers to decide on their preference of style for their projects, each product group in Gardens & Drives 2017 has been split into three colour-coded categories:

· Contemporary paving: Made up of products that offer crisp clean lines and stylish surfaces to create a truly modern aesthetic for your home.

· Traditional paving: Comprised of products that offer softer aged lines and riven surfaces designed to help recreate a more rustic appearance.

· Value paving: Requiring great paving on a stricter budget? This paving range performs every bit as well as the rest of our products, with slightly less accessories available.

Gardens & Drives 2017 also contains “A day in the life of a Brett Approved Installer” section, which illustrates just what a great resource these approved installers can be for your next landscaping project if you don’t already have a contractor in mind.

As well as providing 5-Year Installation and 10-Year Product guarantees, “A day in the life of a Brett Approved Installer” uses high quality imagery and case studies to demonstrate the flexibility and excellent workmanship possible with from approved installers across the country.

The brochure, along with the Brett Trade Guide, will be available over the counter from builder’s merchants from the week commencing December 12th 2016, as well as on request online on http://www.brettpaving.co.uk/brochure/brochure-request/.

Brett Landscaping takes pride in the fact that it provides customers with a high quality service offering worthy of the products available from the brand, and with the new Gardens & Drives 2017 brochure, this will continue next year.

http://www.brettpaving.co.uk/

Why choose resin bound surfacing for residential developments?

Dural
Photograph courtesy of Clearstone

Resin bound surfacing has transformed housing developments in recent years throughout the UK.

Gone are the days of using block paving or concrete to create functional driveways, paths and garden areas; now homeowners want to create an outside space which looks beautiful, is easy to maintain and stands the test of time.

What is resin bound surfacing?

Resin bound surfacing is where natural stone and resin are mixed together and then laid onto a prepared surface. The material is then trowelled down to a smooth finish and once complete, the depth of a resin bound paving surface should be anywhere between 12 and 24mm, depending on the application and the size and type of stone used in the process.

Resin bound surfacing is often mistaken with resin bonded surfacing, and it is easy to see why with very similar sounding names.

Resin bonded surfacing however is where natural stone is laid onto a pre-spread resin base, and once this process is complete a film of resin is then applied to the surface.

Resin bonded surfacing has more of a textured look and often has the appearance of loose gravel. A typical depth of a Resin bonded surface is around 6 to 8mm.

Dural
Photograph courtesy of The Yorkshire Resin Company Ltd

Why use resin bound surfacing compared to other surface materials?

More and more homeowners and clients appreciate the benefits they get with resin bound surfacing. It is not only visually attractive and gives their property ‘kerb appeal’, but is also very practical. It requires very little maintenance and there are no loose stones that can cause an unsightly mess.

The physical properties of the resin bound surfacing with the natural aggregate and resin form to create an extremely durable surface, which will give years of outstanding performance to homeowners.

Compared to other surfacing materials/types, resin bound surfacing has clear benefits. Block paving, although can look clean and pleasing to the eye when first laid, is prone to degredation over time.

The colour fades even after a year or two, and as the blocks are fixed onto a simple substrate with no movement considered, they are prone to cracks and displacement.

Another headache for homeowners with block paving is weed growth within the surface joints, or in between the paving slabs. As resin bound surfacing is constructed of many particles of stone mixed with resin, it is virtually impossible for cracks or displacement.

The durability of the surface means it can withstand heavy loadings e.g. cars, plus the aesthetics is guaranteed for many years from UV degredation and colour discolouration.

Another advantage of resin bound surfacing compared with block paving is the time saving benefit during installation. This particular factor refers to refurbishment projects, where it is possible to lay the resin bound material directly over existing concrete driveways (after the concrete has been cleaned and primed). This saves time and ultimately labour costs, as the original concrete substrate needs little work to prepare.

A good quality concrete surface is generally considered to be robust and hard-wearing, and should give homeowners many years of functional paving. However, they generally are quite impervious and can only soak in a limited amount of water. Once the concrete has taken in all the water that is possible, this decreases the permeability of the structure which then results in surface overflow. This water runoff then contributes to potential flooding.

Resin bound surfaces are fully permeable and as a result water is able to drain through the surface effectively, preventing any surface water build up.

A good quality resin bound surface will be fully compliant with the requirements of Sustainable urban Drainage Systems (SuDS), which was introduced in 2011 to better manage water run off in urban areas.

It is also possible to install a resin bound surface in a wide range of colours and textures to create a really unique look. It is now best practice in the design and installation of resin bound surfacing to use edge profiling, to contain, shape and complement the resin surfacing.

Edge profiles for resin bound surfacing

To really create an eye-catching resin bound floor, whether it be for driveways, paths or garden areas, it is highly recommended that distinctive edges are used to contain the resin material.

Installers and designers commonly design the resin bound surfacing right up to brickwork, timber, paving, or other existing features of a property. However home owners and designers now favour a more clinical finish to their installations, and prefer the use of stainless steel edge profiles to provide edging to their beautiful resin flooring.

Dural UK supply a range of edge profiles, including Durosol Straight Edging Profiles, Durosol Flexible Profiles and Movement Joint Profiles. All three ranges provide high quality edge protection to resin bound surfaces, and are available in a variety of sizes, depths and materials to suit all kinds of installations and requirements.

The flooring experts at Dural are able to assist in selecting the right edge profiling to match any resin bound surfacing installation.

http://www.resinprofiles.co.uk/

Marshalls Challenges the BS with New Sub-Base Designs

UK hard landscaping manufacturer Marshalls has launched a brand new series of paving sub-base designs aimed at simplifying the design process for its customers.

In collaboration with a leading industry expert, Marshalls has created new designs which go beyond the series of British Standards.  In addition, to make the design process even simpler, Marshalls has developed a free online design tool which creates technical drawings based on site and application data supplied by the customer.

Marshalls Pavement Sub-Base Cutaway
Marshalls Pavement Sub-Base Cutaway

Based on years of its own in-house experience as well as feedback from its customers, Marshalls became aware that some designs within the British Standard series were over engineered, resulting in deeper and more expensive constructions than necessary. In addition, its experience suggested that in some cases the BS designs were not robust enough and resulted in ongoing maintenance issues.

Working closely with world-renowned structural engineer Professor John Knapton, Marshalls went back to first principles to re-calculate the ideal sub-base designs for each of its products including block paving, flags and natural stone slabs. This process employed a combination of finite element analysis, in-situ testing and years of combined experience to create a new suite of designs.

structural engineer Professor John Knapton
structural engineer Professor John Knapton

Professor Knapton said: “As part of this project I considered the need for new loading categories which better reflect modern usage patterns. The Marshalls approach now recognises eleven loading categories compared to the six offered by the BS, meaning that new designs can be even more prescriptive than before ensuring the most appropriate design for the intended application.

Knapton concluded: “When used in conjunction with individual products within the broad Marshalls range, the new designs will result in longer-lasting and lower maintenance pavements which are, crucially, as cost effective as possible.”

Pete Tamblin, Marshalls Paving Engineer Manager, said: “The new Marshalls Paving System gives us the opportunity to deliver simple, bespoke value engineered options at various stages throughout development from conception and specification through to construction. The online calculator allows for additional engagement with our customers in addition to the continued support from our established Design Team, Technical Services and Regional Pavement Engineers.”

To use the new design tool visit www.marshalls.co.uk/pavingdesigntool

Pressing for the pier

Geberit

Geberit Mapress and HDPE has played a part in the restoration of the iconic Hasting’s Pier. Until recently, the pier had remained derelict for many years, withstanding a fire in 2010. Following a £14m renovation, the newly opened pier now boasts a stylish makeover, maintaining its rich history while bringing its looks and functionality into the 21st century.

Installed by Commercial Hydronic Systems, all gas pipework is Geberit Mapress Stainless Steel, offering a versatile solution that is quick to install. The off-pier waste system utilises Geberit HDPE, made from polyethylene; environmentally friendly and completely recyclable, with no toxic emissions released during its processing or in case of fire, fitting in with one of the redevelopment’s key remits of being sustainable.

Geberit

“Geberit Mapress was ideally suited to the challenges of working on a pier,” said Nik Bishop from Commercial Hydronic Systems. “Pipework had to be installed underneath the structure, as well as at height, in sometimes cramped and awkward conditions, so Geberit Mapress’ ease and speed, plus the fact there is no need for hot works made it a great alternative to a three inch welded traditional gas pipe.”

“For drainage, we chose Geberit HDPE, another Geberit product Commercial Hydronic Systems is very familiar with. In general, we use Geberit products on 90% of our projects,” Nik concluded.

All of Commercial Hydronic Systems engineers attended free training at Geberit’s dedicated centre in Warwick prior to working on this project.

Hastings Pier’s makeover is a charity project, with the lion’s share of money raised through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Renovation works have included repairing the pier’s Grade II listed substructure, refurbishing its only standing pavilion, the construction of a new visitor centre and a full service restaurant in the one remaining original building. It is also licensed for weddings with function rooms for private events, receptions and meetings and includes a roof terrace café, ‘The Deck’.

www.geberit.co.uk

Power Bollards provide a safe, secure outdoor power supply for Gravesham Borough Council

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Pop Up Power Supplies® were approached by council planners to provide an outdoor power supply for an area outside the local civic centre.

Pop Up Power Supplies® were able to offer their range of power bollards to provide a safe, secure and silent outdoor power supply.  Specified in a Button Top Supply Bollard with hatch closure, the slim bollards are all located around the perimeter area next to walls, and as a result have a limited impact on the outdoor area.

The power bollards are a popular choice of street furniture as they are an elegant design and complement the surround environment well with their sleek aesthetics.  George Parker, Director of Pop Up Power Supplies® commented, “Our range of Power Bollards were ideal for the area right outside the civic centre for Gravesham Borough Council.   The sleek design of the bollards is helped with the brushed stainless steel finish, which complements the surrounding metal railings and street furnishings.

The bollards provide a reliable, secure outdoor power supply, and are totally encased therefore are a safe option for the large footfall the area gets.”

Pop Up Power Supplies® range of stainless steel power bollards provide between 220 and 400 volts and 125A of power.  They are available with standard configurations plus additional equipment is available for a completely bespoke outdoor power solution.

popuppower.co.uk