- Cosham High Street DekorBound
DekorGrip Resin Bound Surfacing
Portsmouth City Council
PROPOSAL In 2013, Portsmouth City Council undertook a huge refurbishment of the area surrounding Cosham High Street. They had a budget of £200,000 and one simple goal: ‘To help make central Cosham an even nicer place to live, shop and visit.’ Having worked closely with Meon and DekorGrip in other successful refurbishment projects in the city, the Council specified DekorGrip as its surface of choice and contacted Meon to advise of the plans and place the order.
THE CHALLENGE Numerous challenges had to be planned for and overcome during the course of the project: Timing – The redevelopment of the High Street had to be completed before 2014, meaning that the work would continue into the winter months, something which poses particular obstacles for resin based systems. Delivery – With a short window of opportunity to lay the surface, products and materials had to be delivered at specific times when requested by the contractor and without delay.
THE REQUIREMENTS The Council required a hardwearing aggregate due to the heavy footfall of the HighStreet. It had to provide the required aesthetic qualities to stand out and improve the area, whilst at the same time being affordable at a time when public funds were being closely monitored and cuts being made. The High Street was not going to be closed during the refurbishment (which included a raft of other changes to traffic flow, road widths and paving) meaning that the DekorGrip surface had to be laid in an active environment.
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THE SOLUTION The council chose DekorGrip’s Resin Bound system – DekorBound – and a Barley Beach aggregate, at a depth of 16mm. This buff coloured aggregate is made from a blend of tough stones between 2 and 5mm in size – ideal for heavily trafficked areas, such as high streets. DekorGrip was able to advise the Council that by choosing this colour stone, they would be able to save money through using a non-UV resin (non-UV resin discolours to a toffee/yellow colour over time when exposed to sunlight but this is not noticeable with certain aggregates).
DekorGrip were also able to help with the timing and delivery issues that the Council contractor faced. Through close communication and planning, the resin, which needs to be kept in a warm place overnight to maintain pliability, was stored at the DekorGrip warehouse located nearby whilst the preparation work was done and then shipped on demand, straight to the site when the weather allowed the resin bound system to be laid. This removed the need to store materials on site, which would have caused more disruption to the public in what was a working High Street. It also meant that the system was laid in the correct conditions, meaning the contractor and Council did not have to worry about delays and associated repairs. The Council were so impressed with the advice, service and system that they have specified the use of DekorGrip in a number of other projects.
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