RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing – a pathway to innovation

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing – a pathway to innovation

Specialist construction product manufacturer and market leader Ronacrete has showcased its sustainable, permeable paving system,

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RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing and an alternative base from the Eco Resin Bound range at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford.

The BRE Innovation Park promotes a sustainable and low carbon built environment by housing some of the world’s most sustainable buildings and providing a testing ground for new products and construction systems.

“Ronacrete has a long standing relationship with the BRE. Many tests on our materials from our Screeds, Concrete Repair and Waterproofing ranges have been conducted over the years at their premises in Watford. It made complete sense to take the opportunity to showcase RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing, a product which Ronacrete prides for its sustainable features as well as its quality in terms of strength and appearance.” 

Daniel Osen, Managing Director, Ronacrete

After a meeting with Nick Smith, Global Development Director for BRE, it was agreed to replace the existing path (a basic mix of type one and sand) with a visually striking resin bound pathway using a selection of aggregate blends from the range – Autumn Harvest, Lunar, Terracotta Snow, Maple Harvest and Quartz Parallel.

The resin bound surfacing was seen as innovative and environmentally friendly due to the following features:

  • Unique resin with 38% formulated from botanic sources
  • Can be installed on to alternative bases such as EcoGrid which is made from 100% recycled plastic – part of the EcoBound range
  • High quality UV stable formula which ensures long product life cycle
  • Highly permeable – up to 850 litres / m² / minute
  • Recycled aggregates can be used
  • Low VOC cleaners for aftercare
  • Slip resistant in wet and dry
  • Highly decorative natural aggregate appearance
  • Guaranteed up to 15 years

Maple Harvest was laid to two sections; the first at the end of the path and the second at the entrance to an outdoor gym area. Autumn Harvest was then laid in the path centre  joining up with the Maple Harvest section.  Directly outside the Wilmott Dixon Healthcare Centre, Terracotta Snow was installed and was used to complete the gym path.

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing aggregate blends

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing aggregate blends

An existing cracked resin bound surface was removed from the timber decked ramp that lead to the path and a straight edge steel trim was installed on each side of the ramp. The Lunar aggregate blend was used to complete the path connecting with the base of the ramp and Quartz Parallel was installed on the ramp at a thickness of 20 mm.

Ronacrete also agreed to replace the surfacing of the outdoor gym area which consisted of bark and a very hard type one aggregate with a UV stable rubber granule surfacing system.

A depth of 120 mm was excavated using a digger and once levelled, a geotextile membrane was rolled out. A 100 mm shockpad was then installed on to the membrane. The shockpad is a combination of black rubber granules made from recycled truck tyre carcases mixed with resin and then raked out on to the surface and left to cure over night. Yellow, blue, green and red rubber granules were then used as a wearing surface to provide decoration. All these colours are often vulnerable to UV degradation and discolouration. The pigmented rubber granules were mixed with a UV stable resin, poured on to the surface, levelled to 20 mm and finished with a trowel leaving a smooth, bright and decorative surface which provides safety surfacing for outdoor play areas, swimming pool surrounds etc. whilst retaining their colour.

Outdoor gym at BRE

UV stable resin and rubber crumb

The partners who showcase their products at BRE want to reduce carbon emissions and their effect on the environment while improving building quality and the lives of people who use them. Every year, VIP delegates, house builders, architects and major energy suppliers come, in their thousands, to be educated about how new methods in sustainable design and construction are improving the built environment, this now includes  the path they stand on.

Ronacrete's resin bound permeable paving

Resin bound pathway at BRE Innovation Park

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RonaDeck Resin Bound and Tree Pit paving the way to health for people and trees

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Tree pit surround in front of Humberside health centre

The £11m Elliott Chappell Health Centre is a new health centre developed on behalf of the NHS Hull. The new building provides better quality facilities for GPs and the community. The centre also houses a Lloyds Pharmacy and a range of community and voluntary services.

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing was laid to a 700marea directly in front of the building to make an attractive public space. Seating was added to make the area more welcoming and to create a focal point.  HLM Architects specified a Golden Harvest aggregate blend which gives a warm appearance to the health centre entrance.

Resin Bound Surfacing health centre

Resin bound surfacing at newly built Humberside Health Centre

The contractors mixed the two-part resin with a drill and paddle and then mixed it with the aggregate in a forced action mixer prior to the surfacing being trowel applied to the macadam base. The surfacing was ready for foot traffic after just four hours.

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Resin bound surfacing and tree pit outside Elliott Chappell Health Centre, Hull

Established trees growing around the property were retained and protected with raised beds containing RonaDeck Tree Pit System on loose aggregate. The porous SuDS compliant system allows water to penetrate to the trees’ root system aiding the health of the tree. The tree pit surface can be easily swept clean, creating a pleasant environment and a feeling of well-being for members of the community visiting the health centre.

Bound at the Bush

What is believed to be the largest single resin bound surfacing project in the UK has been completed using Ronacrete’s RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing System where more than 7,500m2 has been laid.

 

You don’t have to live in London to have heard of Shepherd’s Bush! Home to the BBC, Queen’s Park Rangers, the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and (fictitiously) Steptoe and Son! It is thought that Shepherd’s Bush may be so called because shepherds would rest on the green in the centre on their way to Smithfield market. Shepherd’s Bush Green is a triangular area of open grass surrounded by trees and covers approximately eight acres, various paths for cyclists and pedestrians run across it. There are pavements on all three sides of the perimeter, edging on to three busy shopping streets.

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SuDS compliant surfacing in London Park

Visitors to the area today won’t see any sheep or shepherds roaming the green, but if they look down and around they will be able to see RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing!

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham appointed specialist contractor FM Conway to lay 7700 square metres of resin bound surfacing to the paths and to paved areas within the park. This was part of a refurbishment project which included improving the routes across and around the Green as well as the planting of further trees and the creation of two children’s play areas.

The RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing system was supplied as a two-component UV stable polyurethane resin, this was to be mixed with the Maple Harvest aggregate which the Borough had selected.  The resin components were mixed with a slow speed drill and paddle before being added to a large forced action mixer containing the aggregate.  Once the aggregate was fully coated with resin FM Conway operatives spread RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing to level and smoothed the surface with a steel float.  The finished surface was ready for foot traffic in four hours.

Shepherd's Bush Green surfaced with resin bound surfacing.

Resin bound surfacing at Shepherd’s Bush

Westward Ho! for Resin Bound

Resin bound at Westward Ho!

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing at Westward Ho!

Ronacrete Approved Contractor Avalon Surfacing has transformed the promenade and village green footpaths at Westward Ho! seafront by laying RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing, part of a refurbishment project by Torridge District Council.

The promenade was surfaced by Avalon Surfacing using RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing by Ronacrete, who created two unique aggregate blends for the project. A golden aggregate blend covering 636 square metres and a further 668 square metres of a yellow aggregate blend was laid to the village green footpaths.

When Avalon Surfacing were approached by Torridge District Council for samples of aggregate mixes and costings for the project, Avalon Surfacing turned to Ronacrete for assistance and were able to respond quickly with suitable colour suggestions and a favourable pricing structure.

The brief from the council was to give ‘a modern new finish to the promenade and footpaths to replace the tired grey tarmac that had been there for many years’

The gold and yellow combination gives a warm glow to the area even in the dullest of summer weather a .colourful contrast to the red pirate ship in the children’s play area!

“Ronacrete responded quickly providing us with samples of unique colour blends to match the councils requirements and the competiive pricing ensured we won the contract.” – Chris Masters, Avalon Surfacing

The RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing system is supplied as a two component UV stable polyurethane resin together with a blend of kiln-dried aggregates for on-site mixing in a forced action mixer. The two resin components were mixed by Avalon with a drill and paddle before being added to the coloured aggregate in a high capacity forced action mixer. As soon as the aggregate was fully coated with resin, the mixed material was discharged from the mixer and trowel applied at a thickness of 12mm onto the prepared surface. The finished system was ready for foot traffic within four hours of being laid.

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing is a resin and aggregate mix which creates a hard wearing alternative to traditional paving and comes with a 15 year guarantee when laid by a Ronacrete Approved Contractor such as Avalon Surfacing. The resin is UV resistant so it will not darken or ‘yellow’ when exposed to sunlight, ensuring that the natural colour of the aggregate does not alter as the surfacing ages. The surfacing is also SuDS compliant, as it has a porous structure which prevents surface ponding of rainwater and will allow water to drain naturally when part of a SuDS* compliant construction.

The aggregate provides slip-resistance, while the elasticity of the resin creates a ‘give’ to the surface, meaning that holiday makers and local residents in Westward Ho! can have a safe and comfortable walking experience which is also pleasing to the eye.

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Pirate ship is resin bound at Westward Ho!

Sesame Gold path ready for Diamond celebration

The Queen’s Silver Jubilee was marked with the creation of the Jubilee Walkway, an integral part of which was the introduction of pedestrian access along the south bank of the Thames, known as Queen’s Walk.

As part of preparations for the Diamond Jubilee thirty five years later Lambeth Council made the decision to have the area ‘smartened up’. Part of this operation was to replace the worn resin bound surfacing on the Queen’s Walk between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. The surfacing needed to be laid in time for the Jubilee celebrations which would attract many tourists, particularly for the Jubilee Pageant when crowds would line the banks of the Thames watching over 1,000 vessels participate in a flotilla from Battersea to Tower Bridge..

FM Conway were contracted to lay new resin bound surfacing to 2700 square metres of the 5 metre wide pathway and Sesame Gold aggregate was selected to brighten up the route.

The RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing System was supplied as a two-component UV stable polyurethane resin, the two components were mixed with a slow speed drill and paddle before being added to a large forced action mixer containing the Sesame Gold aggregate blend. FM Conway spread the RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing to level and smoothed the surface with a steel float. The finished surface was ready for foot traffic within four hours.

Ronadeck Resin Bound Surfacing satisfies SuDS requirements, allowing rainwater to quickly and easily drain through the porous surface, avoiding puddling. Slip testing shows risk of slip to be generally low, an important consideration for a busy walkway.

The resin bound surfacing was completed in time for the crowds to watch the Jubilee Pageant. Now the ‘golden path’ provides a route which takes tourists and commuters past many well known buildings and locations in the capital city. Starting at Waterloo Bridge it runs past the National Film Theatre and the National Theatre through Gabriel’s Wharf, past the IBM building and London Television Centre alongside Bernie Spain Gardens and through Oxo Tower Wharf passing the art-deco Oxo Tower and Sea Containers House, finishing at Blackfriars Bridge close to the Tate Modern.

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‘Golden’ pathway ready for Diamond celebration

Resin bound surfacing near The Oxo Tower, Thames Embankment

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing, Queen’s Walk, London

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing chosen for unique property

Resin bound surfacing at new build home

The property owner employed BPR Architects to design Downley House as his family home. Downley House was built on the site of old farm buildings set within the newly formed South Downs National Park. Part of the original house has been retained as a folly adjacent to the main house. The building incorporates a family wing and a guest wing linked by a barrel vaulted dining hall over the entrance to the original property, the barrel vaulted roof is just one of a number of barrel themes to be seen in the design, partly a reference to the owner’s history in the wine business. Other interesting features are a copper roof and glass surround spiral staircase leading to a roof terrace. Work began on the development in the summer of 2010 and the project finally reached completion in spring 2012.

Ronacrete Approved Contractor PRC Landscapes was employed to carry out groundworks and landscaping on the 3 acre site, including application of RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing

Resin bound surfacing at Downley House, Hampshire

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The SuDS compliant two-part aggregate system was applied to 650 square metres of a suitable macadam substrate including patios, the driveway and turning circle. The aggregate selected was Harvest Crunch, a blend of naturally coloured aggregates in keeping with the house surroundings. The aggregate colour will not change over time because the elastic polyurethane resin does not degrade when exposed to Ultra Violet light.

The RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing System was supplied in two components which were mixed together with a drill and paddle before being added to the aggregate blend. The aggregate and resin were then mixed in a high capacity forced action mixer. The mixed material was poured onto the substrate, spread to level and trowel finished at a thickness of 15mm. After completion the paving was ready for foot traffic within four hours and ready for vehicles after 1-2 days.

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Resin bound surfacing at eco-friendly house

SuDS compliant resin bound surfacing surrounds eco-friendly house

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A property within a development of quality eco-homes in Cuffley, Hertfordshire has extended its green credentials by having SuDS compliant RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing laid to the front driveway and  to paths on either side of the ‘high spec’ residence.

Ronacrete Approved Contractors ARC Surfacing laid approximately 200 square metres of RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing, using a 6mm Maple Harvest aggregate which was chosen from the RonaDeck range of natural aggregate blends, each formulated for strength and appearance. The surfacing will not discolour over time because the specially formulated polyurethane resin does not yellow or darken when exposed to Ultra Violet light.

To create a firm foundation for the resin bound paving ARC Surfacing first laid a sound base of asphalt  After allowing this time to harden they mixed the RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing two-component resin together with the supplied blended kiln-dried aggregate and laid it by trowel at 18mm thick.

Within just four hours the surface was hard enough to walk on and was ready for cars after 1-2 days.

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing complies with SuDS* regulations which requires that rain water can pass through the aggregate and resin surface into the earth below, allowing it to flow into natural water courses or ground drainage systems. Its porous design ensures water can quickly and easily permeate the surface and allow homeowners to do their part to protect the environment.

6 Nations Rugby fans to walk on RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing

‘Twickers’ gives it a try

Twickenham Stadium, the largest rugby union stadium in the United Kingdom, was recently enlarged to seat 82,000 making it the second largest UKstadium, second only to Wembley.
 
‘Twickers’ is home to Rugby Football Union and therefore a primary venue for rugby union including the 6 Nations Championship. The stadium is considered an icon of English rugby and hosts other major concert events such as The Rolling Stones, Genesis, U2 and Eagles.
 
Recently the tarmac paving outside the stadium was renewed and paths and walkways were applied on top of the new tarmac.
 
Ronacrete’s RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing System was applied at a thickness of 15mm by contractors F M Conway Ltd to create decorative, slip-resistant pavements for the sports, music and other fans who use the stadium’s facilities every week.

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing System was supplied in easy to use packaging comprising a two-component polyurethane resin together with aggregates for easy on-site mixing in a forced action mixer. The two component non-yellowing resin was mixed with a drill and paddle mixer and added to the dry aggregate, mixed and then laid onto the prepared surface.

Four hours until footsteps

Within just four hours the new surface was ready for the feet of the famous and of their many fans. 

Importantly it satisfies the SuDS regulations allowing rainwater to quickly and easily drain through the permeable surface, is slip resistant and is quick and easy to lay.

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing

Resin bound decorative porous stone surfacing 

Benefits

  • Attractive natural aggregate appearance
  • Highly porous allowing water to drain
  • UV stable non yellowing resin  

Uses

  • Decorative natural aggregate surfacing
  • Footpaths, walkways, corridors, cycle paths
  • Playgrounds, pool and pond surrounds

    Resin bound surfacing on paths at Twickenham

    Resin bound at Twickenham London

Walkway for Westfield

Resin bound surfacing at Westfield Shopping City

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing in London

Westfield Stratford City retail and leisure development situated in Stratford in East London is not only the largest urban shopping centre in Europe but is also the most environmentally friendly shopping complex in Britain. Built at a cost of £1.8billion, it contains 1.9 million square feet of retail and leisure space. Westfield Stratford City is located adjacent to the Olympic Park and will form the prestigious gateway to the Olympic Games in 2012.
There are 250 shops and over 70 places to eat and drink in the complex which includes a 17- screen, all-digital Vue cinema; 14 lane, All Star Lanes bowling and the UK’s largest casino. A pedestrianised street runs through the development, linking John Lewis at one end with Marks & Spencer at the other.

Specialist contractors Cemplas were employed to lay the surfacing element of the hard landscaping package, a key feature in the complex that covers over 3000m2. The surfacing system used was RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing, a permeable paving system consisting of blended aggregates bound in a UV resistant elastic resin. RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing provides an attractive porous pavement for pedestrians and light vehicle traffic. The inbuilt porosity prevents surface ponding of rainwater and allows water to drain naturally, feeding plants, natural watercourses or manmade drainage systems. The system is SUDs* compliant, in keeping with the environmental aims of Westfield. The elasticity of the resin means that there is a ‘give’ to the surface, this makes it more comfortable to walk on and provides resilience to localised pressure which could cause damage to surfacings with more brittle binders.

Golden Harvest aggregate was selected for the walkway from Ronacrete’s range of natural aggregates, each formulated for strength and appearance. The ultra violet stability of the resin ensures that as the surfacing ages, the appearance of the aggregates will not be spoilt by the discolouration that is characteristic of cheaper resin systems.

Cemplas applied the RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing system to an asphalt substrate which was laid to form a firm base. The RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing system is supplied as a two component polyurethane resin together with a blend of kiln-dried aggregates for on-site mixing in a forced action mixer. Cemplas first mixed the two component resin with a drill and paddle before adding the mixed resin to Golden Harvest aggregate in the high capacity forced action mixer. As soon as the aggregate was fully coated with resin, the mixed material was discharged from the mixer and trowel applied at a thickness of 18mm onto the prepared asphalt surface. The finished system was ready for foot traffic within four hours of being laid.

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Ronacrete resin surfacing products have been used to improve the appearance of sporting venues, museums, playgrounds, holiday parks, office blocks, hospitals, schools and colleges.

Ronacrete produces a range of attractive yet practical alternatives to traditional surfaces for drives or paths, Ronadeck Resin Bound and Resin Bonded Surfacings are applied to concrete or asphalt, to improve the appearance of the property.

Ronadeck Resin Bound Surfacing and Resin Bonded Surfacing are available in a variety of aggregates of different colours which can enhance driveways; paths, patios, other paved areas and swimming pool surrounds.

RonaDeck  Resin Bound Surfacing, RonaDeckTree Pit surround and Ronacrete Eco Tree Pit are SUDs compliant.

Follow our blog to find out where Ronacrete resin surfacing products are being used and to learn more about what our Approved Contractors are doing.