25 July 2016
Bituchem's range of specialist hard-landscaping products is proving to be a hit in the Education sector.
The company's flagship NatraTex materials have been used to provide attractive and maintenance-free landscape solutions for Reading University and Hertfordshire University, as well as a number of primary schools across the country.
Bituchem’s NatraTex Cotswold buff coloured material is a popular choice amongst school and university redevelopments due to its modern aesthetics which complement the colours of Cotswold stone. The vivid colour allows architects and specifiers to create a striking landscape that is more aesthetically pleasing than standard black tarmac, with the same durable qualities, whether it is a brand new playground, pathway or staff car park.
NatraTex uses natural coloured aggregates, compacted using a specially formulated clear resin binder to ensure that the appearance and quality does not fade from constant use or damaging weather conditions. The compact structure offers a smooth finish that is resistant to cracks or potholes, preventing the need for regular maintenance which could cause lengthy disruptions to a playground or campus.
Bituchem has developed NatraTex to offer a porous alternative for areas susceptible to frequent flooding or minor water build-up. The product replicates the natural infiltration method of water and steadily absorbs all excess water through the surface of the material and into the ground, before finding its way to the natural water course. This sustainable method of drainage eliminates the need for conventional pipe systems and all maintenance and issues associated with them.
Bituchem's NatraTex Colour material is available in red, green, blue and buff, making it particularly useful for primary school playgrounds which offer Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGA) or require a bright and fun landscape for children.
NatraTex Colour can be used to highlight sports pitches, designated games or age-group areas without the need for additional paint or marking equipment. Landscape schemes can be completed in one application without the need for separate demarcation painting, significantly reducing the cost and time the project takes to complete.
Both materials are extremely easy to apply and do not require on-site mixing or gluing, and can be laid using traditional equipment reducing the overall time of the project.