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Addaset makes a splash at the urban Aquarium

10 August 2009

An underpass in Chandlers Ford has used Addagrip’s Addaset resin bound surfacing as part of an aquatic public art scheme for Eastleigh Borough Council and Hampshire County Council.

The subway revival was carried out to encourage the use of public transport in the area and required an adequate drainage system to prevent pooling and water drainage issues that had occurred with previous surfacing.

Symbiotics Design Consultancy Ltd (SDCL) was commissioned to design the underpass, working closely with the Thornden School and through the provision of community workshops to implement the public art and civil works.

Surfacing Contractor Cirencester Civil Engineering (CCE) gave technical advice on the surfacing for the underpass and recommended crushed, recycled glass bound with Addaset resin surfacing which was chosen due to the available selection of colour and recycled materials. CCE laid 18mm Atlantic Blue to the main area of pathway and circles of a special mix of Frost and Pacific Blue to mirror the stainless steel bubbles on the walls.

Commenting on the project, David Booth, Creative Director of SDCL said, “The new resin paving has improved the look and feel through the underpass and has eliminated previous issues with pooling rainwater. The acoustic and temperature levels through the tunnel have been improved due to the specification of resin surfacing. We are extremely pleased with the result achieved which has helped provide a safer route for pupils and residents using the underpass.”

The finished design also included mirror polished stainless steel discs to represent bubbles and stainless steel and polycarbonate porthole signs containing individual montages of work by pupils of Thornden School. The scheme was short listed by Sustain Magazine for its annual awards for work in the public realm.

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