The project involved the refurbishment of an overgrown rear garden near the Derbyshire Peak District.
A steep access road leading to a car park was constructed, as well as a narrow bridge with a three-tonne weight restriction.
Pre-contract meetings with local architect, Derek Trowell, resulted in a sustainable design that would maintain the natural limestone of the region.
The design featured plateau-forming, dry stone walls that enabled a car park and winding access route to be accommodated. Old timber railway sleepers were used to form a kerbed trail.
Grass Concrete's range of grass reinforcement systems was considered for the access road and car park. Grasscrete was subsequently chosen for the project.
With a route to site that could not accommodate heavy vehicles, a programme of double handling was devised. All materials including concrete were passed over the bridge using telescopic handlers that were then able to negotiate the incline with their four-wheel drive capability.
- self-draining structure
- flexible plan shape
- level upper surface for low-wheel vibration
- non-slip finish
- can resist wheel loads of climbing vehicles and braking vehicles on descent
Within the space of a few months, the garden was totally transformed, and featured in the Wirksworth Festival, a celebration of art and architecture for the region.