The Hard Interchange project is one of the biggest transport interchanges in the area. Buses, trains, and boats all run services from it and it is often the first thing visitors see when arriving in the city by public transport. Despite this, the area was run down and over crowded, with multiple old bus stops crowding one small area and providing little seating for visitors. Following consultation with residents and businesses, Portsmouth City Council decided to transform the area into a modern and stylish interchange that is both safer and more attractive to its visitors.
Being close to the seafront and an urban area the surface needed to be both permeable and robust able to take high traffic quantities.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
The Hard Interchange used a mixture of natural aggregate blends and modern UV stable coloured stone built to sustain the high footfall required of the surface. Mixed with traditional grey block work and various blends of DekorGrip in different areas to create distinctive areas around the bus and taxi areas.
A hard wearing yet attractive surface was needed to complete the project after the main building had been built and the old bus stops removed. The council specified a SuDS – (Sustainable Urban Drainage) compliant surface, in order to reduce surface water run-off and reduce the risk of flooding. Meon’s Resin Bound surfacing offered the perfect solution, due to its durability and the fact that it is permeable. It was selected in two different blends, to match the modern and fresh feel of the regenerated area. The project followed on from the success of Meon’s recent project with Portsmouth City Council on the Northern Road bridge.
The project was recently completed and has received a vast amount of positive feedback from both locals and visitors. DekorGrip Resin Bound was installed in Frosted Dawn and Mocha Beach to compliment the cities new transport infrastructure.
Constrasting resin bound surfacing to provide walkways and visual interest.
Resin bound surfaces can be designed to your specification to suit contemporary finishes like the above.
DekorGrip seamlessly goes to the edge of the glass structure avoiding half bricks in difficult to lay areas which are more prone to raising.
Did You Know:
MEON can help you get a BBA approved resin surface in a wide choice of blends. Perfect for urban environments and areas of natural beauty. Meon can support you throughout the process and provide an approved list of resin installers.