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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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.

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

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.

* Sustainable Drainage Systems

 

Pirate ship is resin bound at Westward Ho!

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.

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing – ends an uphill struggle in Whitstable

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RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing on Whitstable driveway

Resin Solutions Ltd, (Kent) was approached by the skipper of a fishing trawler in Whitstable who was having problems with his macadam driveway.

The drive was on a fairly steep slope and this combined with the lack of slip resistance provided by the macadam meant that vehicles could not get off the drive in icy conditions. As the driveway owner needed to be able to get to work in all weathers he needed to find a surface that would provide sufficient grip for vehicles to pass at sub zero temperatures. Another problem encountered was that the macadam was becoming uneven in places and breaking away from the surface, causing stones to get trodden into the house.

Resin Solutions Ltd discussed various surfacing options with the client and a decision was made to use RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing. It was chosen for its long life expectancy and because it could be used to level off minor surface irregularities in the macadam.

The clients wanted the driveway to incorporate a clearly defined pedestrian area as they had young grandchildren. Resin Solutions Ltd discussed various aggregate combinations that would provide a contrast and advised that a 1m wide border should be included at the perimeter to provide a pedestrian walkway.

The Midnight aggregate blend was selected for the vehicle areas and Terracotta was chosen for the walkway; a steel trim was installed by Resin Solutions Ltd to provide a well defined separation between the walkway and the drive. The work on the 237 square metres of driveway including all preparation was completed within two days.

“The client is ‘over the moon’ with his new drive and people have shown a lot of interest in the new surface. He is especially pleased that even with last winter’s snow and ice he had no problem getting out of the drive.”
Alan Brough, Resin Solutions Ltd (Kent)

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