Outerspace recently required a high-performance solution from Plantex® after stripping a large residential front garden and removing a traditional linear block-paved drive and side lawn.
The homeowners required an ample driveway space, together with the smart look of gravel, while keeping a planted barrier of mature shrubs at street front for both privacy and greenery.
Gravel was the ideal covering for the inner pedestrian circle which Outerspace had designed, due to its light reflecting properties and satisfying crunch underfoot/wheel. However, a firm foundation was needed that would prevent excessive movement and therefore gravel loss, especially as a great deal of manoeuvring would be taking place over the surface. In order to create stability and help keep the gravel layer in place, an advanced system with a robust structure and sufficient depth was required, so that the base would not become easily exposed.
Terrey Maufe of Outerspace explains: “The product also offered greater design freedom, as it was easier with this system to accommodate the circular design. This is a lovely property in a high-end area so the aesthetics were very important, but also lasting performance mattered too. What’s more this system allows for crucial drainage to take place while being lower maintenance than simply applying a loose layer of gravel.”
DuPont Plantex® GroundGrid® is a strong, three-dimensional and permeable geotextile with a honeycombed cellular structure, which can be used with a range of infill materials from soil to stone to sand. It withstands heavy use from vehicles and pedestrians in a much more durable and effective way than loose laying. It also enhances drainage, as the advanced non-woven structure permits rain water to pass through both horizontally and vertically, thereby preventing the pooling of water or localised flooding that can otherwise occur during heavy rain fall.
Minimising gravel migration and wheel rutting, Plantex® GroundGrid® offers high tensile strength, and is also highly suited to uneven terrain or to the passage of wheelchairs, prams, buggies, bicycles, motorcycles, and even high heels! Supplied in tightly packed concertina form, Plantex® GroundGrid® is lightweight and easy to expand, cut to size on site, and install.
DuPont Protection Solutions,
Bristol & Bath Science Park,
Tel: 08444 068 722
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