Clearstone® resin bound in conservation Dolphin Yard development

Free draining resin bound paving has provided the ideal solution for an innovative building project in the county town of Hertford – modern technology that is perfectly at home in a conservation area.

Project summary: With a unique development in the centre of Hertford nearing completion, groundwork and landscape contractor David White of White Contracting in Hertfordshire needed to source a company that could provide an attractive, porous ground surface for the finishing touch – a park bordering the River Lea.

Dolphin Yard is a state-of-the-art development that includes 16 apartments, a public library and the park. The high level specification has attained Level 3 of the Sustainable Homes Code and yet is coupled with the use of traditional building techniques such as brick and block walls and wide lime mortar joints, to reflect the building style of this historic town.

The architect had specified resin bound paving, a product David had not used before. “Since the development is adjacent to the River Lea – literally one metre away – Hertfordshire County Council wanted a porous surface in case of flooding and had already approved resin bound paving. So I did some research on the Internet and APL and found Clearstone,” says David.

From the get-go David found Clearstone to be competitive, efficient and professional – the latter especially significant since several of the apartments were already occupied and work would need to be done with consideration towards the homeowners.

It took the Clearstone team just two days to lay the resin bound paving on the 610 m2 area. And, once laid, it was ready immediately for pedestrians to stroll and admire the views of the River Lea. Dolphin Yard residents are “extremely pleased” with the look says David and commented on the professionalism of the Clearstone groundworks team during the building process.

“It’s given a clean, crisp finish to the whole project. An excellent job – not puddling at all. Resin bound paving does exactly what it says on the box!” Not only does the work look attractive, “ Clearstone kept to their word,” says David. “They turned up when they said they would and completed on time. We will definitely be using them ourselves again and I am recommending them to a landscaping company I do a lot of work for and anyone who needs that sort of work done.”

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