This week StoneSet were on site with Heritage Tree Care in the beautiful heritage listed Rockhampton Botanic Gardens in Queensland, installing 190sqm of porous pathways. Tree health and maintaining original character were critical for Rockhampton Regional Council. Read how StoneSet’s ‘Kirribilli Red’ was not only porously practical, but safe and beautiful
Category: Architectural - Heritage Paving
Loose gravel and garden stones are very popular in the landscaping world. They look nice, add dimension and they are easier to maintain then mulch. But you may not always consider it for your larger projects, as it may seem too costly in both actual cost and in time. StoneSet is however, an affordable solution and can be laid quite quickly – with 150m2 easily installed per day.
With StoneSet Porous Paving, you can have the best of both worlds. In short, ever even large-scale projects can use StoneSet to have a positive effect on not only our own environment but the whole planet. And the best thing? It isn’t nearly as costly as you may think.
Laying a porous paving for commercial use probably takes less time than you think. Although it varies from project to project, consider this: at the Sydney Observatory we paved over 1000m2 to our high quality standards in only 10 days. The paving was placed to seamlessly fit in with the heritage nature of the site, while meeting the accessibility requirements of today. Our porous paving was a perfect alternative that matched the existing red granite but offered a long lasting, low maintenance and easy to traffic solution.
StoneSet Porous Paving is also much more suitable for commercial projects and heavy-traffic use than you may have considered. Whilst the pavements remains fully porous strength is not compromised and yes, large trucks can drive on it. Consequently, StoneSet can improve yours hard to soft landscape ratio.
How we do we do this? By using a resin and aggregate blend that provides a surface with a high enough void content to allow rain water to permeate, reaching up to 96ltrs/m2/second. Building from the bottom we compact 3 layers of no fines road base. We then top this with a layer of 52 mm recycled plastic Gravel/Drainage Cell, which is backfilled with 6-10mm recycled aggregate. Finally, StoneSet is applied over the top at 25 mm depth. Leaving you with an incredibly sturdy layer for even the heaviest of use.
COMMON USES FOR STONESET: WHERE TO USE
StoneSet is suitable for a large variety of different implementations. Whatever your paving project, we have you covered:
- Tree Surrounds
- Pool Surrounds
- Art Features
Australia is one of the world’s driest inhabited continents. Every organisation involved in constructing hardscapes or landscaping has the responsibility for preventing or reducing water pollution. We must also protect and conserve our part of the planet’s less than 3 percent fresh water.
Naturally, water is not always pure and clear. In lakes and running waterways it takes on a murky quality when decaying organic material is introduced or sediment is stirred up. In urban settings, water runoff picks up natural, and man-made pollutants. These are carried off to contaminate our only pure water sources. With clever landscaping features such as porous paving, we can add to the solution for water preservation.
PLAN FOR AREAS WHERE WATER CAN BE CONSERVED.
When planning a landscape design, start by walking the property and noting areas that collect water in puddles or where it overflows into ditches or drains. These places are ideal recipients for porous paving features. In those areas, you can establish walkways, seating areas with focal points or patio sections.
With porous paving, rather than forming puddles which eventually evaporate or draining away from the property, the water is absorbed into the soil. StoneSet is ideal as a paved surface. Even though it is constructed with crushed or decorative stone bound together, it contains tiny openings that allow water to drip through.
As the water absorbs into the soil, it provides moisture for nearby plant life. To an extent, pollutants such as fertilisers, sediments, microorganisms from animal droppings and motor oil are filtered out before it reaches the groundwater supply.
POROUS PAVING SURFACES WORK FOR COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS.
StoneSet is the ideal solution for environmentally friendly landscaping in all commercial settings, including:
- Office buildings
- Manufacturing facilities
- Public parks
- Senior living communities
Contact us today for assistance with your commercial landscape design. Be part of the solution for a healthier, greener Australia.
Read more on how to use StoneSet for Commercial Applications in our free guide:
Apartment and Condo Communities save money and solve many maintenance problems while improving the quality of life in their multi-resident communities when they replace their old deteriorating concrete surfaces with StoneSet’s porous paving solutions. No one wants to live in a “concrete jungle,” so improve your community with StoneSet porous paving.
A commercial facility with a professionally designed outdoor area creates confidence in the company’s customers. Tastefully designed hardscaping features added to the establishment’s exterior can improve the business presence. Not only does it increase the aesthetic appeal, but it serves a practical purpose for using the property.
A big challenge for all heritage sites is to provide adequate and easy access for all people while maintaining the heritage values that can make the property what it is. (more…)