Category Archives: Landscaping

Primary school pupils see the benefits of non-slip decking

An eco friendly school in Liverpool has used Marley Eternit’s JB Citideck® for the walkways surrounding its new innovative eco POD, due to its non-slip properties.

The wooden-clad eco POD at Rice Lane Primary School is part of a number of green initiatives the Eco Stars (a select group of green fingered pupils) at the school have taken responsibility for. The POD is currently being used as a classroom whilst the school is undergoing major building work but will eventually be used by learning mentors as an inspiration space. It will also be used for specialist support and wider training, such as initiatives involving parents in learning.

The wooden structure can easily accommodate a class of 30+ children and has become an instant hit with all 750 pupils and teaching staff alike, as it has a very calming atmosphere.

POD Living Ltd always specifies JB CitiDeck® for its projects because it is assured of the quality and performance. JB CitiDeck® was used for the walkways at both the front and behind the eco classroom – with steps leading to the front doors and a ramp for wheelchair access at the rear.

The safe use of the walkways all year round was the prime concern for the school’s leadership team, so the non-slip timber deck board from Marley Eternit was ideal. JB CitiDeck® is also one of the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly hard landscaping products available, perfectly complementing environments that use a range of other natural products. The smooth profile of JB CitiDeck® is easy to clean, which is ideal in areas of heavy usage such as a busy school.

JB CitiDeck® was originally developed for use in the Olympic Park, where safety, inclusivity and accessibility were all of paramount importance to the organisers of London 2012. It is now specified for many urban applications and public spaces – from schools and hospitals to housing developments and restaurants.

Rice Lane Primary School Head Teacher Cheryl Chatburn said “The POD has been a revelation for the school, and knowing that pupils can access it safely on JB CitiDeck® non-slip decking provides real peace of mind.”

Dylan Howie from POD Living Ltd said that JB CitiDeck® is the only decking the company will use. “Our PODs are built to the highest possible standard, and we demand the same of everything that goes into the installation – and that’s why we have complete faith in JB CitiDeck®.”

To find out more about using JB CitiDeck® for heritage and conservation projects, contact the technical team on 01427 675588 or

www.marleyeternit.co.uk 

Updated Gardens & Drives brochure gives landscapers a new secret weapon

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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/

Big Foot Systems Answers DIY SOS from Great Ormond Street Hospital Project

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Nick Knowles of DIY SOS with Rachel Levy from Big Foot Systems in the rooftop garden at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Big Foot Systems is thrilled to have helped Nick Knowles & the BBC DIY SOS team on a rooftop garden project at Great Ormond Street Hospital for children in London. The company supplied its very popular H Frame supports as part of the project which involved the creation of a rooftop garden area – a space which will provide a much needed sanctuary for children, carers and families at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw, had its public debut at RHS Chelsea Flower Show on 23 May 2016 where it received a gold medal. The award winning garden was then moved and adapted by the BBC DIY SOS team so it could be permanently sited at the hospital. The ambitious project features over 30 mature trees, around 1,000 plants, over 30 tonnes of soil, and took over 70 crane lifts to reach its destination in the centre of the hospital on the roof of the old boiler house.

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A view at the rooftop garden at Great Ormond Street Hospital

The transformational space is now a charming garden featuring symbolic references to the relationships between children, parents and clinicians, something which designer Chris Beardshaw was keen to highlight in the design. At Great Ormond Street hospital there was a real need for somewhere close to the wards which could offer a calm and reflective space for those who need it, even if it is just for a few moments, the new rooftop garden provides this calm peaceful space.            

Speaking of the company’s involvement in the project, Big Foot Systems Product Manager, Sam Birch said “When we were contacted and asked to provide some products for the DIY SOS Great Ormond Street Hospital project, we jumped at the chance to be involved. This is such a worthy cause and one which, as a company we were more than happy to be involved in. We were also honoured to be invited to the official unveiling of the finished garden which had gone into it was very impressive”.

The DIY SOS programme, which airs on BBC One on Thursday 10 November at 20:00, shows the huge efforts which went into the design and build of the garden space both on and off screen – a massive success for all involved.

At the Great Ormond Street roof garden Big Foot’s H Frames were used to support and distribute the load of a wall in the roof garden. Quick, versatile and economical, Big Foot’s H Frames are traditionally designed to support pipework, duct, cable ladders/trays or any combination of these in construction projects, helping to ensure a safe and secure flat roof. Offering a versatile application, installers provide their own strut keeping the duct and pipe installations low-cost by fabricating the strut frameworks on site. Featuring an innovative design, the H Frame Set 305mm is interchangeable with three strut sizes with one foot fitting all. The support is also compatible with industry standard componentry also adding to application flexibility.

For further information on all products and services offered by Big Foot Systems email: enquiry@bigfootsupport.com or telephone 01323 844355.

http://www.bigfootsupport.com/

Why choose resin bound surfacing for residential developments?

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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.

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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/

ING specifies Formica Group VIVIX® for interior garden revamp

When SP Architecture Engineering was tasked with revamping the courtyard garden in the building offices of ING in Rozas, Madrid, they specified Formica Group’s VIVIX® for the facade.

The comprehensive renovation project included a central pond and surrounding 15m2 patio with plant features. Inefficient ventilation had resulted in the condensation and eventual oxidisation of the steel structure and polycarbonate sheets covering the garden.

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The effects of humidity had also left its mark, causing the premature aging of the painted brick façade which was in desperate need of maintenance. Additional factors such as excess moisture resulting from vegetation and the passage of time also contributed to the garden’s slump into a state of deterioration.

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To tackle the problem, the truss structure was replaced, a moisture detector was added, and large plywood beams were used to cover the photovoltaic glass panels. As part of the renovation, the office façade surrounding the garden interior was replaced with 8mm thick VIVIX panels in Porcelana.

Formica Group’s VIVIX was specified for the façade due to its rainscreen properties, ability to limit excessive moisture and ease of maintenance. Selected façade panels featured a perforated pattern containing Clementine from the Formica® Collection; thereby accentuating the design through the incorporation of ING’s brand colours.

https://www.formica.com/en/us

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

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing – not just decorative

Resin Bound Surfacing

There are a variety of resin bound surfacing systems appearing on the market, all claiming to do the same job – provide a decorative, functional permeable paving system. All seem “much of a muchness” apart from price.

However, resin bound surfacing systems can differ not only in quality and longevity but in other factors such as slip resistance, sustainability, health and safety and cost per square metre. So what features should be considered?

Standards

Currently there are no set standards in resin bound surfacing; it is therefore worth looking at the following credentials which are indicative of a reliable manufacturer.

ISO 9001 certificate – the accreditation for a company’s quality management systems.

ISO 14001 certificate – the accreditation for a company’s environmental management systems.

OH SAS 18001 certificate – this accreditation is the British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems.

FERFA membership – FERFA is the leading authority for 40 years on resin flooring systems. FERFA members subscribe to FeRFA Codes of Practice requiring high standards of operation, management, technical service, health & safety and business integrity.

Types of resin

The best resin bound surfacing systems use aliphatic resins rather than aromatic resins. An aliphatic resin is preferable to an aromatic resin because it will not yellow or darken in sunlight or become brittle when exposed to UV light.

Ratio of resin to aggregate

This should be minimum 7% to ensure consistent strength and performance of the system. Any less can drastically reduce the performance of the system.

Application thickness and the cost to the environment

This can vary, but a good quality system should be laid from 15mm for pedestrian traffic and 18mm for vehicular traffic. Cheaper resin systems need to be laid thicker meaning project costs go up whilst more materials transported to site make the system less environmentally friendly.

Slip resistance

A good system should conform to BS 8204-6:2008+A1:2010 Appendix B. Aggregate blends can vary in their slip resistance but all should achieve ’low potential for slip’ in both wet and dry conditions. Using Pendulum Test Values (PTV) the risk of slip categories are graded as follows:

0 – 24 = High Slip Potential

25 – 35 = Moderate Slip Potential

36+ = Low Slip Potential.

Quality control

A two part system where the catalyst is built into the manufacturing process should only be sourced. Systems that require a catalyst to be added by an operative on site rather than a chemist increase the risk of poor performance through guesswork.

Permeability – SuDS compliant system

A resin bound surfacing system should be permeable, but permeability rates can vary depending on the aggregate size.

So to sum up resin bound surfacing systems can vary greatly in terms of consistency and performance. Check the manufacturer’s data sheet carefully and remember if a feature isn’t listed, it is probably because the product does not have that feature!

If you are still unsure then ask for technical help, the Ronacrete Technical Department will be happy to assist.

http://www.ronacrete.co.uk

Aluminium becomes a decking favourite

 

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A manufacturer of patented aluminium open grilles has tapped into widespread demand for a more practical alternative to traditional timber decking.

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Yorkshire-based neaco has received a high volume of specifications for its unique Techdek system as garden decking, sun terraces, external walkways and balcony flooring. Many architects, designers, landscaping professionals and contractors have been quick to appreciate Techdek’s advantages: the product is non-toxic, non-combustible, corrosive-free, extremely durable and easy to install without requiring hot works such as welding. A patented swage-locked construction between bars enables high structural efficiency and load-bearing capacity.

Techdek has served a wide variety of architectural uses & all products are backed by a Lifetime Guarantee.

http://neaco.co.uk/

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Paving the way for a luxury car manufacturer with a luxurious eye for detail

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Nestled deep within the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France lies Automation Vénissieux – a huge outlet containing many world leading automotive brands and their showrooms.

In May 2016, Jaguar Land Rover opened the doors to their new showroom.  However, by March local suppliers were unable to fulfil their requirements for their resin bound paving.  In turn, they contacted SureSet and Dural.  Within weeks, both companies were able to work together to create a stunning resin bound paving complete with bespoke premium movement joints.

A luxury car manufacturer with a luxurious eye for detail

With the opening date looming for Jaguar Land Rover’s new showroom, the Architect and Developer were unable to find a suitable local resin supplier.  They had to look further afield, and in doing so turned to SureSet and Dural.

Dural quickly set to work to create the premium movement joints required for the installation.  The speckled infill had to match the SureSet natural aggregate resin bound paving – Norwegian Pearl.  Dural are able to colour match their range of expansion joints to any colour in the RAL range, and with the added speckled effect the joints would blend seamlessly with the resin bound flooring.

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SureSet quickly arranged the delivery, complete with their own installation team, and completed the installation over two days at the beginning of April.  A total area of 407m2 of 6mm Norwegian Pearl had been laid over the grounds of the prestigious showroom.

The movement joints were laid at the end of the gate tracks, directly above the subfloor joints, where they provide effective stress relief and movement protection.  Here, the robust 15mm aluminium based profiles are designed to cope with heavy stresses and then distribute them evenly between the subfloor and resin bound floor covering.  The movement joints exceed BS5385 therefore Architects and Specifiers are given confidence that they are fit for purpose and will protect the integrity and aesthetics of the seamless resin bound paving.

Resin bound paving – the advantages

Resin bound paving is becoming more and more popular, covering many sectors including residential, commercial, industrial and others.  It is clear to see why.  The physical properties of the natural aggregate and resin combine to form an extremely durable surface which will give years of outstanding performance.  It is also virtually impossible for cracks or displacement, especially when used in conjunction with expansion joints.  The durability of the surface means it can withstand heavy loadings, for example cars.

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In addition to the practical benefits of resin bound surfacing, the aesthetics are guaranteed for many years from UV degredation and colour discolouration.  So it will remain beautiful for many years to come.

Another advantage for resin bound surfaces is that they 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.

SureSet are specialists in permeable resin bound paving and have been supplying high quality resin surfacing for nearly 20 years.

For further information on Dural’s movement joints or range of flooring accessories, contact their flooring experts and they will be happy to provide further information.  High quality products are backed up by excellent, competent advice and design solutions.

Contact them today by telephone on 01924 360 110, email info@dural.co.uk or refer to their website www.colouredmovementjoints.co.uk

Chelsea Flower Show – Brewin Dolphin Garden

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing was laid to a floating pathway running through an award winning garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2016. The aggregate selection included crushed glass blends of green, blue and purple.

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The Project
“Forever Freefolk” the silver medal winning garden at the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show was designed by Rosy Hardy and sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, the main contractor was Bowles Wyer. The garden is based on Freefolk, Hampshire and the high security paper-making industry supported by the River Test located near the designer’s nursery.
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Ronacrete Approved Contractor, Graveltech were selected as installers of the RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing on the raised pathway that wound itself through the garden.
“I wanted a path that sparkled picking up the colours of my planting. The glass resin paving fitted the bill completely, looking great in bright sunlight and duller conditions.” Rosy Hardy, Garden Designer

Rosy Hardy’s nursery is situated on chalk downland close to the River Test which is a typical example of a chalk stream. The chalk provides an excellent filter for the water so that it is extremely pure. For this reason the water in the River Test was used by the Huguenots, when they moved to the area in the 1730s, to watermark banknotes. The Huguenots also realised the importance of preventing forgery and so ran a silver thread through the bank note, this is reflected in the garden by the stream running through it and by the resin bound pathway that follows the stream.

Visitors are led along the path through a dry chalk stream bed towards its source. The route takes them through shady, dry chalk, grassland and damp areas with appropriate plants for each landscape.

Another idea came from a picture of a fishing hut floating above the River Test, this resulted in the creation of the floating pathway running through the garden. A spherical aluminium sculpture provides the focal point of the garden and hovers above the resin bound pathway. This was inspired by how the chalk beds were formed. Coccospheres are the calcium carbonate skeletons of plankton that washed up on the seabed and form the main constituent of chalk. So a coccosphere was sculpted from aluminium and placed in the garden.

Product and Application
The RonaDeck Resin Bound surfacing was laid to the floating pathway by Hertfordshire based, RonaDeck Resin Bound Approved Contractor Graveltech. A selection of specialist aggregate blends were included that included crushed glass in green, blue and purple.

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Conclusion

Of the 160.000 visitors attending this great British summer event, a great percentage will have visited this award winning garden and stood on the resin bound pathway to admire not only the surrounding colours but those beneath their feet.

http://www.ronacrete.co.uk

01279 638700