Stockton on Tees, England
What we did
The new housing development comprised 300 new homes, with a combined direct and indirect investment of £160 million. As with most housing developments nowadays, care was taken to include sufficient green space area for residents to enjoy. Along with play areas, part of this included a large swale at the front of the development bordering North Road, to help cope with excess water runoff or flooding during heavy rain events.
BODPAVE is an interlocking, porous, cellular plastic paving grid system used as an effective ground reinforcement, that can be backfilled with either gravel, hardcore or a soil/grass mix. The design of the units resists lateral movement yet allows for expansion and contraction.
It is an ideal base for sown grass, as the units both stabilise the ground and protect the roots, allowing the grass to grow through the cells and rendering the units practically invisible over time, especially if the green colourway is used. Of course, there is no reason why the BODPAVE cannot be backfilled with topsoil and turfed over as in the photo above. It is ideally suited for:
- Car/Coach parking
- Overspill grass car parks
- Emergency Service (Fire access routes)
- Walkways and access routes
- Golf buggy paths
- Driveways or on-grass parking
- Grass aircraft taxiways and helipads
BODPAVE is made here in the UK from UV stabilised. 100% recycled waste plastic. Completely non-toxic, once backfilled the units can stand up to 400 tonnes/m2, transferring the load laterally across the surrounding units. With each paver having 18 ground spikes, BODPAVE can be used on slopes up to 12%/7°.
As well as BODPAVE 85, we also offer the slightly shallower, new improved BODPAVE 40, also available in green or black, but with a load bearing capacity of 250 tonnes/m2. You can see the 40 in use at Green-tech’s head office above, where it has provided a stable base for one of the main car parks for around seven years to date. If required, it can be supplied with white markers for parking spaces.
The swale area was finished off with tree planting to soften the boundaries around the perimeter, and for which Green-tech supplied the necessary stakes and rubber ties and blocks.