250 square metres of RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing was laid to the entrance and gardens of Wigan and Leigh Hospice using Harvest Crunch aggregate blend.
The Woodview Centre was added to the Wigan & Leigh Hospice in a £1.5 million building project which included a two storey building to house the Hospice in Your Home service, consulting rooms and therapy clinics, it also involved landscaping a large area of grounds. Ellenby Construction began work at the site in April 2013. The client’s brief was to “build a modern eco-friendly development within a peaceful and therapeutic environment”.
It is known that a green and leafy setting can benefit a person’s wellbeing and the landscaping was designed to provide a tranquil and relaxing outdoor environment that could be viewed and visited by patients and their visiting friends and family.
Pathways were installed through the existing woodland area and a new pond was installed, providing a natural link between the new Woodview Centre and the original hospice gardens and nature reserve.
Paths and the entrance to the new centre were surfaced with RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing, using a Harvest Crunch aggregate blend. RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing provides a slip-resistant surface for patients and carers to be able to enjoy the natural outdoor setting in safety.
RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing provides a strong, durable and porous pavement, which is particularly suitable for wheelchair ‘traffic’ as wheels will not sink and get caught as they can in loose gravel paths, the porosity of the system allows water to drain to the base and ensures that paths are free from standing water. This permeability makes the surfacing system SuDS compliant, which is in keeping with other sustainable aspects of the building project which include solar panels, under floor heating and the new pond which increases biodiversity in the area and is refreshed with recycled rainwater collected from the centre’s roof.
Ronacrete Approved Contractor Elite Surfacing mixed the two resin components with a slow speed drill and paddle before adding the resin to a large forced action mixer containing the aggregate blend. After ensuring that the aggregate was fully coated with resin, Elite Surfacing spread RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing to level at a depth of 15mm and smoothed the surface with a steel float. The finished surface was ready for foot traffic within four hours.
The project was given a Royal seal of approval in June 2014, when Prince Edward officially opened the Woodview Centre. He was given a guided tour of the site which included a visit to the pond and the new landscaped areas via the resin bound pathways.