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How To Use Granite Setts in Your Landscaping Scheme

Before looking into how granite setts are used to create certain landscaping designs, it helps to explain a bit about what granite setts are; and why they can form an integral part of any garden design or landscaping project.

What are granite setts?

Granite setts are quarried stone from Portugal and China that are similar to cobble-like road bricks. They are often found in civic landscaping schemes when building roads, pavements and other public spaces.

The stone is finished to have either a textured or an un-textured surface and can be square or rectangular in shape with sawn or cropped edges.

The stone is mainly silver grey with various subtle hues such as pink, grey, amber and blue. The setts themselves are cut in different sizes; with 10cm x 10cm x 10cm and 10cm x 10cm x 20cm being two of the most commonly seen options.

Why consider granite setts for your landscaping project?

Granite is incredibly resistant and setts will take the weight of heavy traffic for years to come. In fact, some granite sett installations in the UK are still in use after 200 years. They are often chosen for use in market towns and historical areas, as they bring a ‘days gone by’ feel to the space. They are also used for traffic calming areas.

Today, homeowners, gardeners and builders use granite setts to capture the traditional charm and hard wearing properties of natural stone in their landscaping designs.

How to use granite setts in your landscaping scheme

Granite setts can be laid in many different formations, depending on the effect you are aspiring to create:

Continental: If you are looking to create a continental feel around your home, lay gravel setts in a European inspired fan pattern, like ‘The Florentine’ or a segmental arc arrangement.

Courtyard: To create a courtyard garden in a smaller space, lay square granite setts side by side as a way of achieving cosy character and charm. It’ll give an authentic appearance in a cottage garden or patio.

Contemporary: Use smoothed granite sett stones in an angular, sawn finish to achieve a striking geometric pattern for a contemporary finish. This is perfect for large, commercial landscaping projects, for instance. For maximum impact, finish up by using contrasting gravel setts to define and straighten neat edges and borders.

There are many ways you can create drama with granite setts. Call George Lines on 01753 685354 today for further ideas or to check quantities and prices. We have a broad range of granite sets in stock ready for delivery locally.

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Decorative Aggregates – A Versatile Way to Brighten Any Landscaping Scheme

If you’re looking for practical and visual ways of improving your garden, then decorative aggregate is a great product that will add to the aesthetic appeal and manageability of your outdoor space.

It comes in many shapes, sizes and colours and includes gravel, shingle, slate and stone.

Whilst there are many options to choose from, some are more suitable for certain hard landscaping applications than others. Here we give just a few ideas on how to use popular decorative aggregates within garden landscaping schemes:

1. To create pathways and driveways

Underfoot or vehicle, most decorative aggregate such as primary granite and shingle chippings will eventually get ‘packed in’ to the ground and can, over time, create a hard-wearing surface for driveways and paths.

Alternatively, you can use a limestone aggregate such as Breedon pathway gravel or Olde English path gravel to create a softer finish. It’s designed to ‘knit’ together to form a solid base before naturally scarifying with use, to leave a fine layer of chippings.

2. To brighten up dark corners

It’s not always possible to grow grass or pretty flowers in every garden space – if it’s shaded or has poor soil, for instance. Using a colourful decorative aggregate like plum slate will work wonders at cheering up that dark corner, by adding depth and colour to your outdoor space with its deep purple hue.

3. As a protective mulching layer

Do your plants dry out too quickly in the summer? Are they strangled by weeds all too often? Decorative aggregate can be added to plant pots and bedding areas as a protective mulching layer. Try adding ornamental bark or Cotswold chipping as an effective way of retaining water and suppressing weeds.

4. As a security measure

The crunching of a vehicle driving over your shingle driveway or the postman walking to your front door over gravel is the perfect announcement for welcome visitors. Yet, it is also an effective deterrent for potential intruders looking for a stealthy way of gaining access to your home.

Costing out your project

If you have plans to use decorative aggregates in your garden, then calculating the amount you need couldn’t be easier: Simply times the width and length of the area with the desired depth to give the cubic feet and then divide by 27. This will give you the cubic yard calculation. Then simply multiply by 1.5 and you’ll then find out the number of tonne bags you’ll need to complete your project.

For any further help or advice in selecting the right decorative aggregate for your gardening or landscaping project, or to check prices and stock, give George Lines a call. We’re here to help.

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Scan Kerb – The Easy to Install Kerb

Scan Kerb is a self-adhesive, easy to install kerbing system from Scandinavia that uses rubber asphalt adhesive to fix concrete kerbs into place.

Used for a range of highway construction and landscaping projects it defines and secures the perimeter of pathways, pavements, cycleways, traffic islands and comes with a host of benefits.

Reduced costs

Scan Kerb’s unique design means you can install concrete kerbing without having to dig or excavate into the ground. This means saving money from having to hire heavy plant machinery and remove spoil from site.

Less disruption

What’s more, all Scan Kerb kerbing products weigh just 25kg or less. This means they can be moved and manually handled safely – without the need for a grab lorry or crane!

Quick installation

Easy to install, you simply apply the Scan Coat adhesive with a brush, heat the kerb base and then place the concrete Scan Kerb into position. Use extra adhesive as required on uneven or porous surfaces to assure a firm fix.

The installation is complete as soon as the adhesive dries, which is usually in 15-30 minutes.

Fixed fast

Although Scan Kerb is perfect for temporary construction works, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s only suitable for short-term fixes to highway construction works and landscape architecture.

Once in place, it’s designed to stay put.

If installed as per the instructions, it will withstand static push off load of 10 kN/m. You’ll need to use a mechanical excavator to shift it.

Available in standard sizes

Standard sizes are the 120mm high Scan Kerb ‘Type B1’ half battered kerb, and the 100mm Type A1 splay kerb, but the concrete blocks come in a number of radii, angels and droppers to suit all manner of projects.

With UK highways department, Councils and landscape gardening firms always looking for ways to improve efficiency and avoid any unnecessary disruption, Scan Kerb is a time-saving option that’s well worth considering.

George Lines are the only UK stockists of Scan Kerb, if you want to find out more about this and how it can help you reduce time on site, call George Lines on 01753 685354 or email sales@georgelines.co.uk. We’re happy to help! You can also view our recent case studies at www.bomax.co.uk

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Go With The Flow – MetroDrain Provides A Premium Drainage System

Dealing with surface and standing water is an aspect of any civil engineering or construction project that is specified in from the very start. The task of ensuring that adequate drainage is in place to collect and dispose of excess water fast and efficiently, is a critical part of meeting many building standards.

Here’s where the MetroDrain Premium Drainage system from Naylor can help. MetroDrain is a collection of very strong and very durable HDPE pipes, couplings, junctions and sealing rings. When put together they form a drainage system that meets the stringent drainage demands placed on a wide variety of projects including:

Highways

MetroDrain collects and disposes of surface and sub-surface storm water in line with the specific requirements of the Highways Agency Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works.

Buildings

It is suitable for non-adopted surface water drains subject to Building Regulations and Standards throughout the UK and is BBA Certificated No: 09/H145

Environmental

It is ideal for use in environmental systems such as pump and sampling chambers, catchpits, soakaways and stormwater attenuation manholes.

Golf Courses and Sports Fields

It provides perfect drainage for sports fields and golf courses and can also be used in the construction of under pitch heating.

Landfill

MetroDrain can be successfully used in landfill applications for leachate drainage and methane gas control.

Agriculture

Also available is N-Drain, a lighter duty general purpose Twinwall Drainage System for Non BBA applications such as agricultural projects.

Why MetroDrain?

MetroDrain is a new generation of HDPW high performance twin wall drainage pipes, designed for use with all non-pressure, surface and sub-surface storm water drainage applications. The smooth bore pipes allow for superior hydraulic flow, whilst the corrugated outer wall provides additional strength and durability allowing the pipes to stand up to the rigours of different applications. Being less brittle, these pipes are less vulnerable to crack propagation, making them ideal for cold weather applications.

In addition, MetroDrain drainage pipes are:

  • Available in carrier or perforated configurations
  • HDPE not PVC/PP
  • British Board of Agreement approved and Highways Agency Compliant
  • Lightweight to allow for easier transport, handling and installation
  • Recognised as a suitable alternative to concrete and clayware pipes
  • Excellent at resisting differential settlement
  • Minimal jointing compared with traditional materials
  • Easily cut to required lengths
  • Optimal environmental credentials
  • Improved abrasion resistance

George Lines supply and deliver Naylor Ducting MetroDrain. For more details or to place an order please call 01753 685354.

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What Have The Romans Ever Given Us?

Kerbs are probably one of the most underrated aspects of road design. They keep pedestrians and road traffic separate, channel away water, and generally make everyone’s life safer and more pleasant.

The Ancient Romans were the first to realise that a kerb ensures the bottom of your toga stays dry, and you don’t get run over by the passing ox carts. The ruins at Pompeii have left intact examples of ancient streets with perfectly preserved roadside kerbs that wouldn’t look out of place in any modern city.

early example of kerb in pompeii

As the Roman empire spread, there was increasing need to connect each great town with the next so they could easily trade and move troops. Thus started the vast network of their famous Roman roads. A road infrastructure that has outlasted the empire itself by many hundreds of years because of how well these roads were built.

They were built with excellent drainage that ensured the integrity of the road was maintained and had a longer lifespan than the average dirt track. The Romans achieved this through creating a surface camber, and adding kerbs, ditches and gullies to channel water away from the surface. It was thanks to these roads that the empire were so successful in extending into territories throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Europe, including Britain.

After they left this soggy corner of the empire, the roads they left behind remained in use for centuries. It was only after a thousand years or more that the Roman roads eventually succumbed to the ravages of time. By then, we Britons had forgotten how to build good roads, so for the next few centuries we trudged around on miserable muddy tracks.

It wasn’t until the 18th century we remembered that the Romans might have been on to something. Parliament passed a series of Paving Acts which re-introduced raised, paved footways to the streets of London, with kerbs separating these new pedestrian walkways from the traffic on the street.

Nowadays kerbs retain much the same functionality as they always have. Their main purpose being to restrain the edges of roads and paths, demarcating a safe line between traffic and pedestrian. However, this isn’t their only use. Kerbs and gullies channel water away from road and pavement surfaces, protecting them from long-term damage, and creating safer driving, cycling or walking conditions.

Kerbs also provide a pleasing finished look to paving, both in civil projects and in hard landscaping around residential developments.

When it comes to aesthetics one type of kerb stands head and shoulders above the rest. Our range of conservation textured kerbs are a superior product offering a wider and squarer profile (145x255mm) than the usual British Standard kerb. Made from up to 48.3% recycled material, these kerbs feature a lightly textured surface and exposed granite aggregate to create a sophisticated, contemporary look. This makes it one of our more favoured products where design-led flair is of paramount importance.

Had they been available in ancient times, we’re pretty sure they’d have been a firm favourite with the Romans too.

George Lines supplies and delivers a wide range of kerbs suitable for civils and hard landscaping projects of all sizes. For help with selecting and ordering the correct kerb for your project please get in touch with one of our advisers on 01753 685354, who’ll be more than happy to help.

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Hauraton Surface Water Drainage

Prevent the risk of flooding and ensure your civils project is well equipped to control surface water run off with Hauraton’s FASERFIX® KS channels.

The concrete technology of FASERFIX® KS provides a stable and efficient drainage channel that’s ideal for use in public and commercial areas.

  • Extremely strong channels are manufactured from a fibre reinforced concrete
  • SIDE-LOCK grating system gives ease of installation saving time and money
  • Choice of many different gratings gives the range enormous flexibility

Designed to meet the flow rate demands of heavy rain falling on areas such as squares and parks, car parks and railway stations, these channels collect water and safely direct it to on-site storage/seepage lagoons.

Not only is this drainage system suitable for rain water, but it has also been used by Tesco to protect their petrol stations from fuel spills by providing a fast and effective means of draining away fuel tanker spillages.

Benefits of FASERFIX®KS channels

Extremely strong and stable – the fibre reinforced concrete structure, side walls of 30mm thickness and high-grade angle housings make for a highly stable channel that is suitable for all loading classes up to F900 and E600 on asphalted surfaces without concrete stretcher.

High-tech material – made in Germany under close quality control, the channels are reduced weight, adhere well to concrete and are fire resistant to class A1 (not flammable) according to DIN 4102.

High drainage cross-section – the design of the FASERFIX®KS channels ensure a better hydraulic performance compared to V-shaped channels, allowing water to drain faster and more efficiently from surfaces.

Easy to install – the SIDE-LOCK boltless locking system features tongue and groove connection for exact installation. Installing or replacing the grating is a simple task that can be accomplished using no more than a screwdriver.

Excellent angle housing – the 20 x 20mm high angle housing and inlaying grating, coupled with 8-fold securing of grating and simultaneous locking in longitudinal direction provides additional product stability.

Flexibility – a range of channel sizes allow for design of a system that is suitable for the demands of individual projects. Choice of grating materials and designs allows planners and architects to add unique details to construction projects, to inject an extra touch of character.

George Lines offers a wide range of surface drainage systems that includes the FASERFIX® KS channels and gratings. For help with selecting and ordering products please call us on 01753 685354.

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On The Level

Since the dawn of road engineering, wooden shims have been the simplest way to level up ironwork supports like manholes or gully gratings with a new road surface. A thin slice of tree was perfectly adequate road construction material in a world where the heaviest thing on the road was the local squire on his horse.

Sadly, good old wooden shims simply don’t get on with today’s SUVs, to say nothing of transit vans, skip loaders and articulated lorries.

Although wooden shims (liberally slathered in cement) seemed to hold sway for much of the 20th Century, they were never ideal. The wood eventually rotted away, leaving dangerous cavities, road surface failure and endless queues of angry drivers.

Back in the early 1980s some very clever people decided to do something about it. After two years of development work a new product was launched which has had a profound effect on road repair.

Shimpac planks are thin strips that are laid around drain holes, manholes and any sort of hole that needs to be levelled and seated to the correct road height. By building up thin strips the levelling can take into account road cambers and other inclines. So far, it sounds remarkably similar to wooden shims, but there are some key differences.

Shimpac doesn’t rot and it doesn’t decay. It is made of a mix of fibre and concrete that has terrific compression resistance, as well as excellent lateral strength and sheer resistance combined with a bit of shock absorption; making it perfectly capable of putting up with decades of modern road traffic. In fact, over the 30 odd years that the boards have been in use, there haven’t been any examples of them failing.

Shimpac boards are available in a five standard thicknesses. The three thinnest (up to 25mm) can be scored and snapped to size making them exceptionally easy to use. The thicker Shimpac boards can be cut on site with a Stihl saw / disc cutter or Tungsten tipped saw. They can be laid with fast drying cement making the job of seating ironwork quicker and easier than ever before.

Due to their cost effectiveness and ease of use, Shimpac boards have become part of the standard toolkit of almost every truly professional road worker. To get your Shimpac boards delivered directly to where you need them Call George Lines today.

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Scoutmoor Yorkstone

Next time you’re in London visiting Trafalgar Square or any of the capital’s most iconic locations, look down and chances are that you’ll be standing on some pretty impressive natural paving. Scoutmoor Yorkstone is one of the strongest paving slabs available in the UK and can be found around many of our most popular visitor attractions.

Scoutmoor Yorkstone is a blue grey to brown stone, that fits perfectly with both the historical and modern built environment. Chosen not just for it’s looks, this Yorkstone is quarried a few miles north of Manchester and is tougher than most granites, making it a favourite choice for areas with high pedestrian traffic levels because of it’s high durability and excellent slip resistance.

The stone even retains its non-slip properties as it wears (very slowly) which automatically gives any project built with Scoutmoor Yorkstone a very long ‘shelf life’ indeed.

With sun, rain, sleet, snow or frost possible on any day of the British calendar, paving stones have to be rock solid and not prone to any noticeable weathering for many decades. Scoutmoor Yorkstone fits the bill perfectly and this is why you so often spot it in city locations with high footfall such as popular landmarks, high streets and busy buildings like colleges and universities.

As well as it’s excellent technical properties, Scoutmoor is a very versatile stone, allowing designers to add in creative features and details to enhance the landscape. In all forms of landscaping projects, Yorkstone can be used to provide a practical foundation with a beautiful finish for paving, steps, entrances, patios, paths and driveways. If you’d like to use this top quality Yorkstone in your project, you’ll find it available with the top surface finished as Diamond Sawn, Capital, Flamed or Crested.

When you choose Scoutmoor Yorkstone for your project, you can be assured of a product that meets high quality standards. Our Yorkstone slabs from Marshalls are fully tested to the appropriate standards and are CE marked in accordance with the latest legislation.

Both the Scoutmoor quarry and the manufacturing works are ISO9001 accredited as well as being ISO14001 Environmentally accredited and OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety accredited.

Sometimes it is hard to envisage just how a project might look once a paving has been installed. For anyone thinking of using Scoutmoor Yorkstone our advice is to head down to London for the day, make your way to Trafalgar Square and enjoy the sights.

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Two Cost-Effective Alternatives To Natural Stone Paving

When selecting which paving slabs to use, it would be easy to think a slab is just a slab – choose one and job done. Wouldn’t life be great if things were as simple as that? With paving, just as with all aspects of life, there is always a bit more too it.

Paving slabs need to look great in the finished design, they need to stand up to the rigours of the loads and traffic they receive and provide a firm, safe, slip-free base to any walkway or drive, whatever the weather.

Natural stone covers all that, but as I am sure you are aware, natural stone doesn’t come cheap.

The good news is that cost-effective alternatives have come on in leaps and bounds. With the Perfecta and Saxon flag paving sets you can combine a look that is very similar to that of natural stone with the hard wearing, practical properties of an engineered slab that can be delivered to your site with a price tag that doesn’t make the accountants wince.

Perfecta Smooth Ground Flag Paving

Marshall’s Perfecta Smooth Ground Flag Paving is a great alternative to natural Yorkstone. It is a concrete that is cleverly blended with a hard Yorkstone aggregate, and then ground smooth to provide an aesthetically pleasing, high performing, less expensive alternative.

With a similar colour tone to the natural stone, and with excellent non-slip properties in wet and dry conditions, it adds character, style and depth to both traditional and contemporary building projects.

Perfecta is available in two distinct styles (natural and buff), and can be purchased with either square or chamfered edges. Marshall offer an extensive choice of sizes and thicknesses, including Trafica formats. The units can also incorporate Marshalls patented Fibre Reinforcement, which adds an additional level of toughness to the finished paving surface. Perfecta is suitable in all paving applications and for variable loading requirements.

Saxon Textured Flag Paving

The Saxon Textured Flag Paving is a more decorative slab, making it ideal for projects requiring a bit of understated elegance.

Like the Perfecta, the Saxon paving slab is blended with hard Yorkstone aggregate to create a warm colour mix akin to natural stone. Whereas the Perfecta provides a smooth finish, the Saxon flag paving has a much more textured surface. This ensures superb durability and non-slip properties making Saxon an excellent choice for high footfall areas.

It is available in natural, buff, red and charcoal and an extensive choice of sizes and thickness, Saxon is also available in Trafica formats and with Fibre Reinforcement for a stronger product. It too is suitable for all paving applications and for variable loading requirements.

The impressive features of both the Perfecta and Saxon flag paving make them a practical, cost-effective alternative to natural stone for large scale domestic and commercial areas.

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Every building project uses concrete but not all concretes are equal!

Aggregate materials add the strength and bulk to concrete. In total your aggregates will make up for around 60-75% of the total volume of your concrete. For that reason alone, the choice of aggregate is just as important as the choice of cement, if not more so.

There are quite a few different types of aggregate available in the UK.  Fine aggregates are very small in diameter and usually made up of sand or crushed stone.  These usually end up together with concrete and water making mortar for brickwork.

Then there are coarse aggregates. These include any material that has particles greater than 0.19 inches upwards. So in this list you will find all sorts of grades of beach and river gravels, pebbles, crushed stones, waste from ore smelting, recycled concrete and newer geosynthetics.

Whichever you chose, your aggregates must be washed clean, be chemically inert and have a neutral PH. otherwise they may cause the concrete to deteriorate over time.

The other ingredient in concrete is cement. It is the glue that binds the aggregates together. It is often supplied in powdered form, usually made from limestone or calcium silicates. If you want concrete that sets underwater, that too is available (in fact hydraulic cement been around since the ancient Romans, although after they marched off we did forget how to mix it properly for about twelve hundred years.)

These days there are all sorts of new and interesting materials being used in cement. An additive such as Silica Fume can give very high strength cement whereas a bit of sulfoaluminate clinker can reduce shrinkage during drying, allowing for huge expanses of concrete flooring to be laid without the need for contraction joints. Then there are coloured cements which are now available in a complete rainbow of shades.

If you are looking to get hold of some top quality cement and aggregates, look no further than George Lines. There are plenty of fantastic brands to choose from to fit just about any project going.

One such product is the Hanson: QuickCem that ensures speedy hardening for the builder in a pinch. It can be used for repairing steps, drains, as well as setting posts and grounding bolts. Another great product is Hanson: MultiCem which incorporates an additive that helps make the concrete so much easier to work to a smooth finish.

For more information about our range of concrete and aggregate products, feel free to give a member of our team a call. Every person that works with George Lines is an expert in their field, and ready to answer any question you may have about our products.  You can reach us on 01753 685354.

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Getting Excited About Block Paving

Brett’s Omega range is the UK’s most popular format of block paving with good reason. Whether it is a garden patio, a luxury driveway or a huge industrial car park, the Omega paving block is the go to choice for civil and landscaping projects, wanting to deliver a stylish professional look that will fit in with both modern and historic surroundings.

Made of concrete the basic bevelled block is 200mm x 100mm . This makes it wonderfully easy to do the maths when working out how many you will need to cover a specific area.

All blocks and edges are available in seven standard colours. This makes Omega a suitable choice for virtually all paving applications. You can choose from Autumn Gold, Brindle, Burnt Oak, Charcoal, Buff, Red or Natural.

The blocks can be laid in a wide range of patterns including straight courses, herringbones, basket weaves and block clusters.

The blocks are available in three thicknesses. There are also cube half blocks and even bishops hat edging units to finish off the look on 45 degree herringbone patterned layouts.

Manufactured and tested to BS EN 1338 : 2003, there are a couple of very good safety features with Omega. Firstly the basic blocks have an Unpolished Slip Resistance Value (USRV) greater than 55. This means that the potential for people to slip on them is nice and low. Secondly, marker blocks with light reflecting Ballotini glass beads in the surface can be integrated into the design. These are great for safety warnings or demarcation of bays, arrows and other signage.

When there is a large area such as a car park to lay, manually laying blocks is not really an option. However, Omega block paving products can be palletised for automated machine laying.

So, is it really possible to get excited about block paving? You bet it is!

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Keeping Things Simple With An ACO Garage Pack

The ACO garage pack is a complete kit that contains everything you need to quickly and easily install a drainage system across a garage threshold.

It is a quality package; system CE marked and fully certified to Load Class A 15 BS EN 1433:2002

Inside you will find all the items you need to complete the job from scratch:

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MetroDuct Twinwall Ducting

Civils, utility and telecommunications projects all have one thing in common, they use ducting to protect cables and pipework that bring power, communications and water to many essential applications.

Ducting comes in a variety of colours and markings to distinguish one utility from another.  This is particularly useful when it comes to identifying the correct ducting when it comes to future repairs and maintenance work.

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Scan Kerb – The Quick & Easy Kerbing Solution

Scan Kerb offers an easily installed adhesive kerbing system that’s light weight and high performance.

This unique, durable and affordable kerbing system is used for a wide range of solutions including:

  • Traffic management
  • Traffic calming
  • Bridge kerbing
  • Car parks
  • Cycle routes
  • Traffic islands
  • Highway services

Benefits of Scan Kerb

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A Versatile MultiDrain MD Channel System from ACO

The ACO MultiDrain MD is a lightweight system capable of withstanding loads of up to 11 tonnes. Rigorously tested and certified to high standards. Suitable for a range of applications from car parks to pedestrian walkways, to garage forecourts, the MultiDrain system actively improves the performance of your drainage and channel system.

Versatility

The systems versatility is due to a new lightweight polymer concrete channel profile with integrated UltraSTEEL edge rails. These work together with a range of gratings designed for specific Load Class applications.  Available in galvanised steel, stainless steel and cast iron, to composite and brick slot, gratings can be easily changed to allow for replacement or maintenance work.  An anti-shunt surface between the edge rails and grating works to prevent any lateral movement once in place.

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Kassel Bus Stop Kerbs For Enhanced Passenger Safety

Public transport has come on leaps and bounds thanks in part to the way that improvements in technology have allowed for a greater focus on customer experience. One often overlooked area of development is the Kassel bus stop kerb, which was specifically designed to assist passengers in getting on and off a bus.

Kassel bus stop kerbs are designed with a unique profile. They are built with a 75° face and bottom end radius. This means that a bus can park closer to the kerb allowing for a faster, easier and safer entry and exit for passengers. Whilst the bus driver can be confident that this closer parking position does not run the risk of damage to tyres or wheel rim.  Reducing tyre damage, wear and tear, has the additional advantage of helping to reduce the costs of repairs and replacement during bus operation.

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Benefits Of Twinwall Coiled Ducting

Polyethylene coiled ducting is the highly durable twinwall cable protection, supplied by George Lines.  An incredibly strong product it’s particularly suited to situations where additional strength and protection is required, such as when it needs to run under paths, drives or roadways, or where ducting needs to be buried at a deeper depth than usual.

Our ducting comes in the standard ducting colour codes for a wide range of utilities including electrical services (black), water (blue), gas (yellow), telecoms, cable and CCTV (green), motorway communications (purple) and street lighting (orange).

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Helping Buildings To Breathe

The movement of air through buildings is an important, and usually unnoticed aspect of life. However, good ventilation is essential for the health of occupants and maintaining the integrity of a building’s structure.

Here are five good reasons why it’s important to integrate good ventilation into any building:

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Choosing the Right Circular Saw Blade

Circular saws are dangerous, so it’s important that you understand which type of saw blade is most effective depending on the material you are cutting. This will not only make the saw more efficient and create less waste, but it will also increase your safety.  Here we give an overview of which circular saw blade is most suited to different types of material.

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Concrete vs Flagstone: Which is Better for Paving?

When paving a garden or outdoor area, understanding which material is best suited to the job is an important factor.  Not only do you want your choice to look good for years to come, but to function well for your needs.

Two of the best paving options available are concrete and flagstones.  Both of which are best suited to certain projects.  Here we’ll go through the pros and cons of each so that you can make an informed choice when planning your paving project.

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