Reading University is benefiting from Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold hard landscaping material as part of a £276 million investment into the University’s student accommodation. Natratex Cotswold was used across 2600sq.m of the Whiteknights campus to provide an aesthetically pleasing and durable pedestrian area that complemented the designs of the existing and new halls.The development increases the number of student rooms to 4,950 and has been awarded BREEAM excellent status due to environmentally sustainable features such as roof top solar panels, energy efficient boilers and heat recovery ventilation systems. Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold product echoes the development’s sustainable ethics being environmentally friendly and extremely long lasting.

Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold product in brown was specified by UPP, University Partnerships Programme, having been previously successfully used in a similar project at Exeter University. The fully bonded aggregate proved a durable and robust option while ensuring the aesthetics of the development are maintained through natural looking finishes in a variety of colours.

The Natratex Cotswold product has been developed using natural coloured aggregates that are fully bonded using a clear binder that ensures strength and durability while retaining the pleasant colour of the stones. Its suitability for both pedestrian and vehicle use makes it a great surfacing choice for educational environments where the regular maintenance of buildings and facilities will require vehicle access.

Wide ranges of natural coloured aggregates are available to suit any colour scheme to complement or contrast with the landscape and can be laid in a range of thicknesses to accommodate the varying types of use. It can be applied all year round and the Bituchem design team can suggest solutions to your individual requirements, tailoring the aggregate type to suit the contract specification.

Further information on Natratex Cotswold is available from Bituchem on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: mark@bituchem.com , or by visiting the company’s website at www.bituchem.com