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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/

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/

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.

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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

New surface gets to grips with slips on external steps

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Thermapply, a unique non-slip surface application specifically designed to eliminate slips, trips and falls at outdoor public and commercial spaces is now available.

The product, which is manufactured in the UK by Thermedia, has been developed in response to the general state of concrete, tarmac and chequer-plate surfaces and directly addresses these slip issues.

Thermedia believe more can be done to protect people from these types of accidents and Thermapply, a patented, thermoplastic surface will revolutionise the safety of stadia, commercial and public outdoor areas.

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It has been developed specifically for stairs and walkways in high traffic areas and offers a tailored, ‘full-step’ anti-slip solution which has been SATRA certificated to withstand one million footfalls.  In addition, Thermapply is backed by a 10-year manufacturer’s guarantee and conforms to BS EN1824.

When used in stadia and venues the product will allow any stadium to be fully compliant with recommendations made by the DDA, Access for All, Sport England, FSIF (Football Stadia Improvement Fund) and the Green Guide (Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds) and following these trials, it is now installed in venues around the country.

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Thermapply’s unique composition is thermoformed in-situ, cooling to a solid, non-porous state that will retain its non-slip properties.  This is because the infused aggregate runs throughout the depth of the thermoplastic material, ensuring that it remains non-slip and maintains both its looks and safety properties for at least the next decade.  As well as this, the material is quick and easy to install, immediately useable and remains low maintenance throughout its lifetime.

Jonathan Hamp, Managing Director of Thermedia explained, “Thermedia is dedicated to creating a safer visitor experience and this is fantastic news for the market, which has for many years managed with ‘best fit’ solutions that provide limited protection to the public.  I am convinced that the introduction of this product will significantly reduce the number of accidents and subsequent insurance claims that result”.

Should a venue wish to capitalise on its floor space or step space, Thermapply allows surface branding to be incorporated, enabling customers to insert corporate logos, messaging, instructions or numbers to the step edging or around the step area.  This is a totally unique, patented feature which offers a sponsorship, and therefore, a revenue opportunity to the site or venue, as well as adding to the overall impact of the step installation.

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Thermapply can be used in outdoor arenas, sports and leisure facilities, theme parks; in fact any other outdoor public space where there is a risk to the public of a slip, trip or fall.

www.thermedia.co.uk

Bituchem material used for safer playground

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A newly constructed primary school in Waterlooville, Hampshire has applied over 1500 square metres of Bituchem’s most popular hard landscaping material, Natratex Cotswold, to its outdoor playground and teaching areas.

Berewood Primary School opened its gates for its first year of teaching in September last year. Built to accommodate 420 children aged four to eleven, the new primary school is part of the University of Chichester Academy Trust and is just one element of the ongoing development in West of Waterlooville.

Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold material was specified in buff due to its visually attractive qualities when compared with a standard black asphalt tarmac surface but with the same smooth properties that make asphalt a safe surface to use around schools.

Paula Downard, Landscape Architect at Hampshire County Council commented, “The appearance and practicality of the Natratex Cotswold material make it the perfect solution for this application and we are very pleased with the end result. Hampshire County Council specified this material for another project nearby and so we were able to view the performance and colour beforehand. We received a sample of the material from Bituchem and were advised that the colour would eventually fade to a softer, more attractive colour, which was extremely helpful in managing our expectations.”

The Natratex Cotswold material is formed of natural coloured aggregates combined with a specially formulated clear resin binder to produce a smooth, hard-wearing surface whilst offering a natural stone finish. This strong binder reduces the likelihood of the material deteriorating causing potholes or other breakages in the surface, making it a smoother and safer surface for young children to play on.

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Suitable for new constructions, overlays or regeneration projects, the Natratex Cotswold material is very versatile in its application and can be used for all areas used by pedestrians and light vehicles. The material is also very environmentally friendly with a fast and simple application making it an easy specification for both private and public sector projects.

The Natratex Cotswold is available in a range of colours to meet the individual requirements of each contract, with the Bituchem design team available to find the right aggregate type and colour to suit the specification.

Further information is available from Bituchem on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: mark@bituchem.com or by visiting the company’s website at www.bituchem.com

Brett Landscaping partners with Ashridge Contractors to deliver aesthetic solution that really performs

Leading paving manufacturer Brett Landscaping has provided materials and design concepts to ensure kerb appeal at a new housing development in Sheffield.

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Hull-based Ashridge Contractors turned to Brett for assistance on Keepmoat Homes’ Cutler’s View development to provide a durable paving solution that can withstand traffic loadings and provide good looks to complement the project.

The Alpha Antique Charcoal paver from Brett Landscaping was quickly identified as the optimum choice aesthetically, but the structural requirements of the carriageway surface – which had to resist the horizontal forces exerted by passing traffic – meant that Brett needed to engineer an appropriate solution.

“Whilst our Alpha block paving performs superbly when it comes to realising the attractive ‘rustic cobble stone’ look, a stronger laying technique was needed to achieve the level of structural strength required to withstand the force of moving traffic,” explains Jamie Gledhill, Senior Sales Manager at Brett Landscaping.

“This opened an opportunity for us to design an aesthetic triumph in carriageway paving terms, and one which has been supported with effective structural performance.”

The team from Brett advised combining their Alpha Antique block paving in Charcoal – laid using a herringbone pattern – with the new silver grey Lugano Black Fleck Kerbs. This latest 2015 addition to the Brett commercial paving range provides a granite aesthetic to create the strongest possible paving configuration for vehicular traffic.

The new Lugano range provides both a light silver grey as well as a darker graphite grey granite aesthetic and is available in a comprehensive range comprising block paving, flags as well as kerbs to offer a fully integrated solution to the urban designer. Designed with sustainability in mind the Lugano paving range also scores well when it comes to recycled content which is often a critical element when designing under BREEAM.

The recommendation was accepted and Ashridge’s company buyer, Graham Littlefield, who has worked with Brett several times in the past, has been wholehearted impressed with finished result.  He explains:

“From the start of the project to its successful completion, we have been delighted with the input and service from Brett.  Jamie and the team have shown to be conscientious suppliers, who’ve remained involved with the task at hand, supplying on time and enabling us to keep to schedule.

“We have in fact been so impressed with the Brett approach and quality that we’ve just requested further samples for a forthcoming site we’ll be working on in Yorkshire.”

http://www.brettpaving.co.uk