The road outside Derriford Hospital has been widened to allow buses to travel in both directions, helping to reduce congestion outside the main entrance and making bus journeys to and from the hospital quicker and more reliable. The scheme will provide better waiting areas for bus and taxi passengers and those getting dropped off or picked up by car, four additional bus stops, and widened footpaths to provide more space for waiting passengers.Developed in partnership with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, the scheme cost just over £2 million and was part funded through the Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
The Derriford Hospital Interchange scheme is part of a master plan of highway improvements on and around the city’s ‘northern corridor’, connecting with the new Marjon Link Road and complementing other schemes such as the Derriford Transport Scheme, where construction is now under way.
A cost effective lifetime cost was the key aspect of the project, along with a robust system which would never need to be replaced as there is a high level of trafficking within the area; Derriford hospital is Plymouth’s 2nd busiest bus interchange, and the constant bus overrun meant a high loading drainage solution was crucial.
Marshalls’ Concrete topped Drexus Pave Drain was chosen as it provides a cost-effective solution, which is robust enough to withstand frequent heavy vehicle overrun. Even with the heavy trafficking, the system will never need to be replaced keeping the lifetime costs extremely low.
Through Marshalls’ concrete expertise and heritage in natural stone, the company developed Drexus Pave Drain to complement its most popular paving products. By having a coordinating top unit, the drainage can blend seamlessly with the surrounding paving, with no need to break up the overall aesthetic with a traditional grated solution, whilst also retaining an excellent inlet and loading capacity.
Engineer Amey utilised Marshalls’ complimentary design service for the drainage packaging of the scheme which ensured a fast turnaround. This was important as the scheme was delayed by 3-4 months before construction works could proceed, which affected travel in the surrounding area, so speed of construction was essential.
Marshalls was ultimately able to deliver a drainage solution which met all the necessary requirements outlined by the client, and which is tough enough to withstand the heavy trafficking throughout its lifetime.
Worldwide leaders in demountable flood protection systems, IBS, have just released their smallest, lightest system to date.
Called the SL25, the new lightweight system is targeted at the property sector of the flood protection market and aims to capitalise on the company’s strong brand and product reputation in the wider flood risk management industry.
Drawing on all their experience from more than 2 decades in the global flood defence sector, IBS have designed the SL25 to be as easy as possible to install and more importantly, to require minimum effort to deploy before floodwater arrives. Major advantages of the new SL25 lightweight system include the ability to use it without intermediate posts for widths of up to 2.5m and for heights of up to 1m, as well as not requiring a ground rail* or recess along the bottom edge.
With a patent applied for and pending, this new system will allow IBS to continue leading the way in the provision of innovative new solutions for those people, businesses and communities that find themselves at risk of flooding.
To request a brochure for this system or the company’s other products, please get in touch with the sales office on 01302 630015.
The SL25 lightweight barrier will be available for delivery from June onwards.
In any area where there are people, it is vital they are protected and kept separate from hazards such as heights, perimeter edges or water. Guardrails and handrails serve as a barrier between the public or contractors and hazards.
Once installed, it is vital guardrails and handrails continue to offer the highest level of safety, and the best way to ensure this is by using the highest quality components
The problem with fabricated guardrails and handrails
A popular hazard protection option is fabricated guardrails and handrails. These are fabricated off-site and require a lot of preparation and design work which requires many draft versions. The prefabricated structures are then delivered to the site and must be installed by a skilled fitter with the required training and permits, creating many health and safety issues.
Furthermore, cutting holes for fitting breaches the railing’s anti-corrosion coatings which are further compromised by welding. This integrity can be restored via painting but this will have to be meticulously maintained once installed.
Many rails are exposed to corrosive conditions which can eat away at the material of the guardrail and once the structure is weakened sufficiently, the railing itself becomes a hazard.
Once fabricated guardrails and handrails become damaged, the only way to repair them is by cutting out the problem section and welding in a replacement, once again bringing up a whole host of issues.
Kee Systems offers a simple, durable alternative to fabricated guardrails and handrails in the form of Kee Klamp® hot dip galvanised iron and Kee Lite® aluminium fittings. Slip-on components and lengths of tube ensure complete hazard protection without the issues that fabricated guardrails and handrails create.
Kee fittings are hugely flexible, only requiring a general arrangement drawing and removing the need for a highly skilled labourer and work permits, as anyone can fit the railing thanks to the use of simple hexagonal set screws locking the fitting to the tube.
There is also no cutting required, so the tube maintains its integrity, another benefit over fabricated systems.
In a modern marine climate, such as a town like Newcastle-Upon-Thames, the average lifetime of typical hot-dip galvanised fittings is calculated to be around 37 years.
Kee Klamp® and Kee Lite® fittings offer a strong and durable solution to separating people from hazards, are more resilient to corrosion and can last up to seven times longer than fabricated barriers and handrails. They also eliminate the need for welding, cutting, threading or bolting and remove the need for skilled labour and permits for work.
With Kee fittings you can save time and money thanks to the quick and easy installation, as well as feel assured that your guardrail will do the job thanks to a wide range of components for every situation.
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.comor call 01335 372 222.
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.
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.comor call 01335 372 222.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.