Aug 17, 2018 Last Updated 8:05 AM, Aug 13, 2018

Supporting surfaces: Resin bound, easy-clean surfacing for healthcare environments

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RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing has been used at a number of healthcare sites nationwide including hospitals, health centres and specialist health care units. It provides a hard wearing slip-resistant surface that is easily cleaned. The elasticity of the resin means that there is a 'give' to the surface, this makes it more comfortable to walk on for patients, visitors and busy hospital staff who are continually on their feet.


RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing is designed to comply with SuDS regulations when part of a permeable construction, allowing rainwater to permeate through the paving into natural water courses or ground drainage systems. Its porous design ensures water can quickly and easily permeate the surface, preventing surface ponding.

RonaDeck Resin Bonded Surfacing is a slip-resistant, durable, fast curing surfacing available with a range of kiln-dried aggregates. RonaDeck Resin Bonded Surfacing makes life much easier for wheelchair users than loose gravel surfaces without compromising the appearance. Very effective on ramps, it is particularly suited to the trolleys and wheelchairs that are inevitable used around a hospital or other healthcare building; it can be used in a variety of hospital applications including car parks, steps, footbridges, pathways, drives and ramps.

Contribution to well being

Trees are important for both patients and visitors in a healthcare setting as they are beneficial to their general well being by providing shade, attracting wildlife and creating a green and pleasant environment, they can raise spirits, morale and even have a calming influence. The RonaDeck Eco Tree Pit System is a porous resin bound tree surround surfacing which allows the passage of water to roots, keeping trees nourished and healthy.

It is ideal for use in public areas such as hospital grounds where trees are enclosed by hard landscaping. The other benefit of the RonaDeck Eco Tree Pit System that is particularly important in a healthcare environment is that it is easy to keep clean, as it does not provide a trap for hazardous and unsightly litter, such as cigarette butts and discarded syringes, which often accumulates around tree roots or within tree grilles.

The porous structure of RonaDeck Eco Tree Pit is beneficial to the environment as it allows water to permeate through to the earth beneath and can therefore be used as part of a SuDS compliant system. RonaDeck Eco Tree Pit is available in a variety of aggregate shades.

The £11m Elliott Chappell Health Centre was developed on behalf of the NHS Hull. The new building provides better quality facilities for GPs and the community. The centre houses a Lloyds Pharmacy and a range of community and voluntary services.

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing was laid to a 700m² area directly in front of the building to make an attractive public space. Seating was included to make the area more welcoming and to create a focal point. A Golden Harvest aggregate blend was specified to give a warm appearance to the health centre entrance.

The contractor mixed the two-part resin with a drill and paddle and then mixed it with the aggregate in a forced action mixer prior to the surfacing being trowel applied to the macadam base. The surfacing was ready for foot traffic after just four hours.

Porous system

Established trees growing around the building were retained and protected with raised beds containing RonaDeck Eco Tree Pit System on loose aggregate. The porous SuDS compliant system allowed water to penetrate to the trees’ root system aiding the health of the tree. The tree pit surface can be easily swept clean, creating a pleasant environment and a feeling of well-being for members of the community visiting the health centre.

A new community hospital was opened in Cockermouth in January 2014. It houses Castlegate and Derwent GP surgeries, a pharmacy, a physiotherapy department and an in-patient ward. This replaced the 100 year old building which had been hit by severe flooding in 2009, resulting in GP services having to operate from temporary buildings.

The contractor laid 880m2 of RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing to the paths leading up to the hospital entrance and those providing access to the landscaped gardens. The porous surface allowed rainwater to quickly and easily drain as part of a SuDS compliant system. By reducing the rate of rainwater run off SuDS compliant paving can reduce the risk of flooding. This is particularly beneficial during extreme weather when drains are overwhelmed by the water flow – this was particularly important to the design of this project.

The RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing System was supplied as a two-component UV stable polyurethane resin; the two components were mixed with a slow speed drill and paddle before being added to a forced action mixer containing the aggregate blend. The RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing was spread to level at a depth of 15mm and the surface was smoothed with a steel float. The aggregate blend Choc Chip Harvest was chosen for this project, this blend includes a variety of aggregate shades.

Durable surface

Over 1000m² of RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing was laid to the main A&E roadway entrance and turning circle at Basildon Hospital. The entrance is heavily trafficked 24 hours a day so a durable surfacing was needed; the aggregate blends selected were Midnight and Terracotta. Several tree pits were installed using RonaDeck Eco Tree Pit to protect the trees which enhance the area.

The Wolfson Cystic Fibrosis Centre at Nottingham City Hospital opened to patients on Monday 14 April 2014. Because Cystic Fybrosis patients can be in hospital for long periods of time the aim was to make the 16-bed unit a comfortable 'home in hospital' for the young patients who stay there.

Outside the centre is a Garden Zone which includes an exercise space and gardens where patients can relax and spend time with family and friends. The Garden Zone was laid with 190m² of RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing providing an aesthetically pleasing, safe and comfortable surface for patients to walk on and to do the exercise which is so important for the maintenance of their health.

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