A modern path for a medieval castle


 

Conisbrough Castle

Conisbrough Castle

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing with Beige Pearl aggregate was laid to 285 square metres of car park and 20 square metres of footpath at Conisbrough Castle, Doncaster.

Conisbrough Castle is a 12th century Grade I listed castle, one of the country’s best examples of medieval architecture, featuring a rare Norman hexagonal keep. The castle was closed for six months for major redevelopment work amounting to £1.1m. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and included a new visitor centre, larger education and exhibition rooms, interactive displays, improved access, signage and parking.

The new visitor centre was built onto an existing Victorian lodge and the surrounding park was landscaped. The car park and the area in front of the centre and its surrounding path were surfaced with RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing by Ronacrete Approved Contractor Route One Highways.

New media centre Conisbrough Castle

New media centre Conisbrough Castle

The RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing System was supplied as a two-component UV stable polyurethane resin and a blend of kiln-dried aggregates; the two resin components were mixed by Route One with a slow speed drill and paddle before being added to a forced action mixer containing the Beige Pearl aggregate blend. The RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing was spread to level and the surface was smoothed with a steel float. RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing was applied at a thickness of 15mm on the path and 18mm in the car park.

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing satisfies SuDS requirements, allowing rainwater to quickly and easily drain through the porous surface.  The surfacing is tested to BS 8204-6 and this test shows the risk of slip to be low, an important factor to consider at a busy tourist attraction. RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing is also suitable for wheelchair ‘traffic’ as wheels will not sink and get caught as they do in loose gravel paths.   The resistance of the resin to ultra-violet light ensures that the resin will not yellow or darken and will remain elastic, lengthening the service life of the system.

By improving the access and parking facilities at Conisbrough Castle, RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing has played a role in a major redevelopment project that will bring history alive to thousands.

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Second RIBA Approved CPD for Ronacrete


Ronacrete the UK market leader in resin bound surfacing has joined the RIBA* CPD Providers Network and can now offer a second RIBA Approved CPDs to architect firms.

The CPD entitled SuDS Compliant Permeable Paving Resin Bound Surface Systems has been assessed by RIBA and categorised under the core curriculum subject.

Designing and building it: design, construction, technology and engineering

Climate: Sustainable Architecture, Knowledge level, General awareness.

The learning outcomes from the CPD will be a knowledge, awareness and understanding of:

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  • resin bound and tree pit systems
  • benefits of permeable paving
  • substrate build-up
  • SuDS
  • resin and aggregate selection
  • various test methods
  • specialist contractors

RIBA Roadshow

SuDS Compliant Permeable Paving Resin Bound Surface Systems will be presented by an industry expert from the Ronacrete technical team at the Sustainability Special RIBA roadshow on 5th November in London. Bookings for the roadshows can be made by visiting http://www.ribacpd.com/cpdroadshow.

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“Our technical team has a wide knowledge gained from years of experience in the construction industry which makes them industry experts, this is reflected by Ronacrete having another CPD assessed and approved by RIBA and I am sure any architect firm will find the CPD both informative and interesting. We are currently working on CPDs relating to other products and applications and hope to be able to offer more subject areas in the near future.”

Daniel Osen, Managing Director

Guide to Specifying Modified Screeds

Ronacrete can also offer the RIBA Approved CPD Guide to Specifying Modified Screeds; this will be presented at the RIBA roadshows at Milton Keynes on 9th December.

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In house CPD

Our technical team are also happy to present the RIBA Approved CPDs in the workplace. Further information about RIBA CPDs and other CPDs available can be obtained by contacting Ronacrete on 01279 638700 or email tech@ronacrete.co.uk.

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Waterproofed Basement for Caffè Nero


In brief

A basement in North London which had not been used for some time needed to be waterproofed as part of a conversion project.

The project

The basement of Fairfax Mansions on the Finchley Road in North London had not been used for some time although it had previously housed a café. The building was being converted into a branch of the coffee house chain Caffè Nero and the basement needed to be waterproofed as part of the overall conversion. Harrison Waterproofing was contracted to carry out the waterproofing work.

Waterproofing basement

Ronafix Mix E

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Product and application

After discussion with the Ronacrete technical team, Harrison Waterproofing recommended that Ronafix Mix E should be used to provide a BBA Approved, durable high strength waterproof render to the basement walls. Harrison Waterproofing prepared the surface by scabbling with a bush hammer to provide a mechanical key for effective bonding of the render; glass fibre mesh was used locally over brickwork of uncertain quality. Ronafix admixture and Portland cement were mixed to produce a slurry to prime the brickwork and the first layer of render.  Ronafix was used as the gauging liquid to produce Ronafix Mix Design E, a blend of Portland cement, sharp sand and Ronafix admixture.  The render was trowel applied in two layers; day joints in the render were positioned so that joints in the second layer did not coincide with joints in the first layer, to ensure there was no direct path for water ingress through joints.

Conclusion

The basement was given a new surface finish using Ronacrete Ronafix Mix E polymer modified render, providing a securely bonded durable waterproof render, ready for interior decoration.  Ronafix site batched polymer modified renders (including Mix E) are covered by BBA Certificate No. 85/1651.

Ronafix Mix E is also available as Ronafix Pre-packed Tanking Render.

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Positive news about the Ronacrete CPDs


It is always good to get feedback on your performance particularly when it is good. We asked people to assess our CPDs against these criteria:

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  • Technical content
  • New/valuable information
  • Length of presentation
  • Organisation of the CPD

Each criteria was ranked excellent or very good.

Here are some of the things people had to say.

 Very helpful representative

 Very good (and unusual) to have someone presenting a CPD who has very good technical knowledge as opposed to being a sales rep.

I really enjoyed this presentation…very easy to listen to and it was great to see the sample materials and where the products have been used.

 The two RIBA Approved CPDs A Guide to Specifying Modified Screeds and SuDS Compliant Permeable Paving Resin Bound Surfacing Systems can be booked here. For other information about the CPDs we offer visit our website.

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Ronacrete joins RIBA CPD Providers Network


Ronacrete have joined the RIBA* CPD Providers Network and can now offer a RIBA Approved CPD to architect firms.

The CPD entitled Guide to specifying modified screeds has been assessed by RIBA and categorised under:

Core Curriculum Subjects

Designing and building it:  design, construction, technology and engineering

Knowledge level – General awareness

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Ronacrete will be presenting the CPD at the RIBA roadshows later this year on 28th October in Crawley and 9th December in Milton Keynes.

“Our technical team have a wide knowledge gained from years of experience in the construction industry. I am very pleased that this has been recognised by RIBA and I am sure any architect firm will find the CPD both informative and interesting. We are currently working on CPDs relating to other products and applications and hope to be able to offer more subject areas in the near future.”

Daniel Osen, Managing Director

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RonaDeck Wet Pour Rubber Granule Surfacing


A new safety surfacing product suitable for children’s play areas has been developed by Ronacrete. RonaDeck Wet Pour Rubber Granule Surfacing is a resin bound system that combines resin with rubber granules to provide a “soft feel” surfacing that will absorb impact and noise.

The surfacing is soft underfoot and absorbs some of the impact of a fall, making it particularly suitable for play areas where there is a risk of falling, it is also slip resistant. RonaDeck Wet Pour Rubber Granule Surfacing is also suitable for pool surrounds and other leisure applications such as golf courses.

The surfacing is available in a selection of attractive colours with black, blue, green, red and yellow as standard; it is UV stable so the surfacing will not change colour after exposure to sunlight. The rubber granules are made from recycled rubber from the motor industry.

RonaDeck Wet Pour Rubber Granule Surfacing was used recently to replace the surfacing of the outdoor gym area at the Building Research Establishment Innovation Park in Garston near Watford. Yellow, blue, green and red rubber granules were used providing a safe, colourful, wearing surface.

RonaDeck Wet Pour Rubber Granule Surfacing

RonaDeck Wet Pour Rubber Granule Surfacing

Other products in the Ronacrete Resin Bound and Bonded Surfacing range include:

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing

RonaDeck Resin Bonded Surfacing

RonaDeck Eco Path MT

RonaDeck Eco Tree Pit

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Haven Holiday Park, Burnham on Sea


A new swimming pool has been built at Haven Holiday Park, Burnham on Sea, Somerset. Ronacrete Approved Contractor Avalon Surfacing were commissioned to install 260 square metres of RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing to the pathways leading to the entrance.

Resin bound permeable surfacing at Burnham on Sea holiday village

Resin bound permeable surfacing at Burnham on Sea holiday village

Main contractor H & B 2000 Ltd was commissioned to build the new swimming pool at the holiday park. New paths were laid to give access to the building and H & B 2000 contracted Avalon Surfacing to pave the paths with a resin bound surfacing system.

Avalon surfacing first installed a layer of macadam to provide a firm base for the RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing, which was then mixed and applied to the paths.  The aggregate blend used was Quartz Parallel.

The RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing system was supplied as a two component UV stable polyurethane resin together with the Quartz Parallel aggregate. 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 15mm onto the prepared surface.

Avalon had to be quick and efficient to ensure that the paths were ready for the start of the holiday season. The system was laid over a weekend prior to the pool opening on the Monday. The RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing system is ready for foot traffic within four hours of being laid.

The finished product provides Haven Holidays with a durable surfacing that is porous (SuDS compliant); this permeability prevents pooling of surface water. The RonaDeck resin is unaffected by ultra-violet light, so the paths will not yellow or darken over time.

Resin bound pathway around swimming pool at Burnham on sea.

Resin bound pathway around swimming pool at Burnham on sea.

 

 

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