04 January 2018
One of the biggest mass sponsored sleep outs was organised in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens in December 2017 to raise funds for Social Bite Village, a project which aims to end the cycle of homelessness.
Over 8,000 people participated in the event in temperatures as low as -8ºC and raised £3.6m in the process.
The Social Bite Village project combines an innovative housing model using vacant council-owned land, alongside a supportive community environment and aims to give residents pathways into both employment and permanent housing.
Don & Low supplied Lotrak® 20/20S and Lotrak® 100 geotextile materials for the project alongside additional materials from Marshalls, Marley and Wrekin.
Lotrak® 20/20S is a biaxial geogrid designed to provide good ground stabilisation and reinforcement. The high strength of Lotrak® 20/20S combined with low elongation provides effective reinforcement, while the aperture design of the geogrid allows the aggregate to interlock and encourages load dispersal.
Lotrak® 100, on the other hand, is a mechanically bonded nonwoven geotextile with market established technical and hydraulic properties – addressing the industry requirements of separation and filtration. Acting as an effective separator beneath granular materials, Lotrak® 100 prevents the loss of construction aggregates into the underlying soil.
These characteristics make both geotextiles ideally suited to the groundworks for the Social Bite project.
The Social Bite Village is expected to be complete by early / mid-2018.
For more information about Social Bite, visit www.socialbitevillages.co.uk