ACO Water Management donated a large supply of GroundGuard ground reinforcement tiles to a charity's car park renovation project in Bedfordshire.
Emmaus Village in Carlton is a community which provides employment and social enterprise opportunities for former homeless people. While the charity is largely self-reliant for funding, the need to deliver excellent customer service and facilities to match, is essential in keeping footfall high.
The construction industry’s charity, CRASH, which assists homeless and hospice charities with construction-related projects, has worked with Emmaus Village, Carlton on a number of internal projects over the years, including the refurbishment of the shopping mall and furniture shop.
In order to allow more customers to visit the community, an under-used grass lawn area, was designated for the new car park.
ACO Water Management, a patron of CRASH for more than a decade, donated £9,000 worth of its lightweight ground reinforcement system, GroundGuard, to the project.
The permeable gravel-filled system is over 90% porous and delivers a highly efficient rate of surface water run-off. This was a key consideration, given the fact the car park was to be built over a piece of grassland. The sustainable benefits of GroundGuard were a huge selling point, as not only is the system environmentally friendly, it is also cost-effective as it eliminates the expense of having to install a supplementary drainage system.
Due to its design and the inclusion of interlocking clip fixings, GroundGuard is quick and easy to install. This helped to ensure the project was completed in the specified five-week timeframe.
Crucially, the ground reinforcement system acts as a stabilisation tile, holding the gravel in place and helping to keep maintenance down to a minimum. GroundGuard has delivered on all aspects of the project, but most importantly the parking area is safe, clean and aesthetically pleasing, inviting customers to come back again.