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    Sustainable drainage systems (SUDS)

    Aco drainage system at the foot of the driveway which runs to a sump

    Aco drainage system at the foot of the driveway which runs to a sump

    Ever since 1 October 2008 new rules have applied for householders wanting to hard surface over their front gardens. If the surface to be covered is more than five square metres, you will need planning permission for laying traditional, impermeable driveways that do not control rainwater running off onto roads. This will apply to new driveways, drive extensions or drive replacements. You will NOT need planning permission if the surface to be covered is less than five square metres or if the new surface is permeable or porous or if a traditional surface is laid and the rainwater is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally or if it is directed to a soakaway via a drainage channel. An estimated 70% of existing driveways already drain in a sustainable way.

    From October 2008 we have advised customers to incorporate sustainable drainage into their pattern imprinted concrete projects to adhere to Sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) if their scheme doesn’t already conform with the SUDS protocol.

    This may be in the form of Aco drainage that flows into a sump or natural soakaway in the form of a border but there are other products which already conform to SUDS can be Resin bound aggregates and permeable block paving systems which are part of our range at Complete Driveway Designs.

    Case Study and Testimonial – Worsley

    Finished driveway

    Finished driveway

    Last week we received a slightly unusual testimonial, not from one of our customers but from their neighbour Mrs. Ennis, who was so impressed with the job we had done on the driveway opposite, she wrote us a letter and gave it one of our guys on site:-

    Thank You Letter

    We were installing a pattern imprinted concrete driveway at Park Grove in Worsley, the case study for which has recently been added here. Mrs. Ennis wrote: “I am writing this letter to say how these men have worked so hard in all weathers, without supervision, doing a fantastic job, quietly, when possible. They are a credit to your company. Their names are John, Ben and Greg. I wish you every success”. Also included was a nice card:-

    Thank You Card

    We always love to get positive reviews from customers, so getting them from their neighbours as well is extra special. Many thanks to Mrs. Ennis for taking the time to write this lovely letter.

    UK Concrete Show 2014

    UKConcreteShow

    Last year we told you about our involvement in the UK Concrete Show. We were not involved this year, which is probably why we forgot to tell you all about it!

    Like last year, the show took place at the NEC in Birmingham at the end of February, and again grew in size and scope. It was moved from Hall 17 to Hall 5, which is the largest indoor exhibition hall in the UK, and was for a long time the largest in Europe. This extra space was filled with 62 new exhibitors, 5 new in-hall demonstration areas, and all of the plant and equipment displays that had to be outside the previous year.

    Among the big names at the event were Putzmeister, Liebherr, Lafarge Tarmac, Husqvarna and CEMEX, covering all types of concrete materials and equipment, and demonstrations were done by Blastrac, Shotcrete and Adseal. In addition to the many global companies whose UK subsidiaries were at the show, almost 10% of the exhibitors were companies exhibiting in their own right from all round the world, including Denmark, Poland, the USA and China.

    Below you can view a short promotional video showing some of the events and exhibitions of this year’s show.

    Testimonial – Hough Way, Harwood

    We recently received a lovely card of recommendation at TheBestOfBury, from a customer whose pattern imprinted concrete driveway we installed in March at Hough Way in Harwood. Here’s what they had to say:-

    “Your people worked hard and told us what they were doing every step of the way. They respected us and our property and cleaned up everyday. We now have a drive to be proud of. We would strongly recommend this firm. Ray and Val.”

    Photo of the driveway on first inspection

    Photo of the driveway before work was started

    We love getting testimonials like this, as it’s great to see that our customers appreciate our work. Above and below are before and after photos, so that you can see for yourself the driveway that Ray and Val are so pleased with.

    Photo of the finished driveway

    Photo of the finished driveway

    As you can see from the first photo, the drive was a messy combination of tarmac and flags, with an uneven border edge. The finished driveway has a much cleaner edge, with the main Grand Ashlar pattern complimenting the brick patterned border. The colour used for this installation is Steadman Buff with a chocolate release.

    An Introduction to Resin Bound and Resin Bonded Surfaces

    Installing a rsein bound driveway in Hawkshaw

    Installing a resin bound driveway in Hawkshaw

    Complete Driveway Designs now installs resin bonded driveways. As promised in January, here is a description of our new product, and what it can offer to our customers.

    The product we use is manufactured by Adbruf, and is a flexible two-part solvent-free polyurethane hybrid resin. In non-techno babble, this is the actual glue that holds the materials together. It can either be applied first with an aggregate laid on top (resin bonded), or mixed with an aggregate before application (resin bound). The aggregates themselves can be almost anything, ranging from granite, wood, quartz tarmac, rubber and of course concrete, and can be any colour, shape or size.

    Once finished it gives the appearance of loose aggregate, but is actually very strong and suitable for vehicles to be parked on. It also creates a surface with a good deal of friction, great for winter weather or areas with ramps.

    One of the main advantages of this type of surface is that it is fully permeable, meaning it lets water through and therefore there is no need for extra drainage to be installed. Non-permeable surfaces like tarmac or concrete usually require drainage in order to comply with government water regulations.

    If you would like a free, no-obligation quotation for a resin bound or resin bonded driveway or patio, or would like any information about the process, then please get in touch on 01706 827180 or leave a message here.

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
    E:info@northwest-driveways.co.uk
    T: 01706 827180

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