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Following a review of Bournemouth’s care homes, to ensure they met the needs of a growing elderly population, the decision was taken to redevelop an existing care home in Tuckton, Bournemouth.

In 2014, Midas Construction began work on Wickmead Care Home, a 50 bedroomed state-of-the-art facility offering elderly, specialist dementia and nursing care, owned by Care South.

A major aspect of the development was the external landscaping, with a brief that included…

  • That it stimulate the senses
  • Be a place for residents to enjoy sharing experiences with family and friends
  • Protect existing tress by using ‘no dig’ materials during its construction
  • That, in order to maintain soil moisture and provide oxygen for trees roots, any paving must be porous.

Midas contacted SureSet in September 2014 about using permeable resin bound paving for the external landscaping. The Landscape Architect, Lynne Williams, created a wonderful design with two gardens linked by a Sensory Walk – for which SureSet was specified. These pathways are designed to help orientate residents to the entry points of the communal rooms.

Laid expertly by hand, SureSet resin bound paving fulfilled the ‘no dig’ criteria. While the permeability of SureSet satisfied the requirement for porous paving to allow water and oxygen to reach the roots of the tree.

In a pleasant, peaceful setting that offers a welcoming ‘home from home’ feeling, Wickmead Care Home has beautifully landscaped gardens that features sculptures, water features and planting, designed to stimulate the senses.

Project specification:

  • Natural Aggregate: 6mm Barley Beach
  • Application: footpath
  • Area: 354m²
  • Base: asphalt
  • Depth: 16mm
  • Edges: pin kerbs
  • Installed: February 2016

Following the successful completion of this project, SureSet has been specified for another Care South Care Home due to open in late 2016.

Benefits of SureSet resin bound paving:

  • You’ll be in the safe hands of a market leader of resin bound paving, since 1997
  • It is compliant with SuDS
  • Manufactured in the UK from natural aggregate, marble or recycled materials
  • A partner of NBS with products listed on the National BIM Library
  • A porous paving that leaves a perfectly smooth, accessible finish strong enough to withstand vehicles
  • It is low maintenance and extremely durable
  • It comes with an industry leading 18 year guarantee against loose stone; cracking; oil damage; UV degradation; colour change; frost damage and workmanship (when installed by an Approved Installer).
  • Approximately 250m² a day can be laid. Suitable base options for SureSet include:
  1. SureCell® – without the need for asphalt or concrete – suitable for pedestrian and vehicular traffic
  2. Asphalt – new or existing and suitable for all traffic
  3. Concrete– new or existing and suitable for all traffic
  4. Crushed rock – suitable for low pedestrian traffic with no vehicular access

The SureSet Sensory Walk links the landscape design together and delivers a non-slip surface for its elderly residents – the stone free, low maintenance finish will last for more than 25 years.

Since 1997, SureSet has been manufacturing, supplying and installing high quality permeable resin bound paving to homes and businesses across the UK, and internationally.

SureSet delivers an attractive, durable and long-lasting surface that requires minimal maintenance.  It is an environmentally friendly, low energy material that is mixed cold on site and laid by skilled installers to a smooth, accessible finish.

SureSet have an excellent technical support team who really know their stuff and are happy to give free expert advice on their specialist products and its technology.

Not only do they offer a full installation service, covered by an industry leading 18 year guarantee, but they also offer supply only options on several of their products.

Proud to exhibit at the Homebuilding & Renovating show.