April Blog

During April Glenco was occupied reconstructing an old garage area at Millers Court in Chiswick.
The works entailed excavation and replacing the sub base with an Mot type 3 sub base to levels and falls. Falls were enhanced with crossfalls to a new linear drainage system with a 25 tonne loading cast iron grating. Great attention was paid to ensuring adequate falls from the garages to the channel to ensure the garages would never flood!

The job was made more interesting by bands of Blockley clay paving bricks installed flush with the macadam surface course. The paving bricks formed an edging detail and also decorative bands through the entrance drive section. Pavers were laid on a concrete bed to levels and falls.

A new 12:1 semidry leanmix was installed as a base for the new surface and a 6mm Stone Mastic Asphalt Tuffdrive proprietary surface course with polymodified binders laid as the surface course.
As with any garage area static turning is often an issue during the summer when the new surface has been installed – the polymodified binders a re specifically designed to mitigate this issue as much as possible. As always we have endeavored to bring quality to the surface!

March Blog – Reconstructing an old Garage Area

We had a tricky little job to undertake in an expensive riverside courtyard development, the brief was to reconstruct the garage area without inconvenience to the residents in the block. The tarmac had been installed in the seventies and had oxidized and crumbled into the sub base, in addition there was some tree root damage from trees that had subsequently been removed.

We used a 3 tonne excavator and a 1 tonne dumper to excavate and remove the decayed material and the areas around the old trees. Material was carefully transported to a designated area, neatly boarded, next to the entrance – where it could be safely removed by grab lorry. The sub base was reconsolidated and amended with an Mot type 3 high stone content sub base to correct levels and falls. The central drain gulley was adjusted to increased the crossfall from the garages and a new C250 25 tonne loading cast iron grating installed on concrete. To the existing planter areas, we used a Marshalls KL kerb in charcoal to form planters using a chamfered profile with internal and external radius pieces to form the corners to the planter detail, giving a nice structure to the planter areas.

We chose to use a 12:1 semi dry lean mix concrete instead of the conventional dense bituminous macadam base course. The lean mix concrete is laid and compacted in the same way as the macadam base course but tends to give a more solid base construction where the whole sub base structure has not been reconstructed from the subgrade up. The lean mix base is a useful addition to the armory when considering the best available options to reconstruct legacy areas where the budget constraints may preclude full depth reconstruction.

Once the lean mix had cured we were able to install a 6mm stone mastic asphalt ‘Tuffdrive’ proprietary surface course, with a bitumen emulsion tack coat applied to the lean mix base. The Tuffdrive performs excellently where there is likely to be static turning in confined areas. Aesthetically the Tuffdrive has a close graded appearance identical to conventional dense bituminous macadams, but is two grades higher in bitumen content and the polymodified binders sets the material off very hard as soon as the materials have cooled from laying temperatures.
Using this format Glenco were able to bring Quality to the Surface as we always strive to do!

Drive and Forecourt Challenge

Late February saw an interesting challenge for the Glenco team.

The Bridge Farm Nurseries required a new section of access drive and forecourt in front of their offices and holding area. Apart from the worn and broken surface -there were no falls to clear the surface water and the existing surface was holding water after rain in multiple locations.

We took 50 spot levels with our laser and made a careful plan of the area. We calculated that if certain areas were planed down, including a concrete section of the existing forecourt, a small cross fall could be created to clear a section of the access drive to some existing drainage. We used a half metre planer, with a lorry to clear planings and a mechanical sweeper to clean the area. With the surface planed down and the crossfall achieved we enhanced the available falls with 6 tonnes of regulating before the allocated day to install the new hardwearing surface. Due to the extremely heavy anticipated usage of the surface with 8 wheeled 32 tonne delivery lorries, forklifts manoeuvring on the surface a heavy traffic from the rear holding area – we used a 10mm Stone Mastic Asphalt 40-45mm thick with polymodified binders to cope with the anticipated usage. The finished result made quite a transformation to the area which was aesthetically important for the shop entrance and the functionality of the new surface essential for the access drive to the main areas at the rear of the facility.

Quality was brought to the surface!

January Blog

Glenco has been busy during January working at Lasham Aerodrome. As the aerodrome was constructed in the 1940’s much of the infrastructure is beginning to decay or is in need of replacement. This is very much the situation with the tarmac, much of which is heavily oxidized and is breaking up. There has been some historical subsidence in some areas of the surface causing depressions that result in large puddles after rainfall. The presence of standing water on the surface has accelerated the decay to these areas. The heavy and demanding usage at the aerodrome with large vehicles, plane tugs and the large 737’s require the tarmac to be in good condition and well constructed in order to take the weight and manoeuvring of these vehicles.

Problem areas of the runway and the perimeter access road have been identified and allocated for replacement. We have used a bobcat planer and sweeper attachment to plane down and prepare the specified areas, areas have been regulated to bring them to within surface course tolerance. Once areas regulated, thoroughly compacted and prepared, a new surface course 10mm Tuffdrive SMA HS PMB proprietary surface course with plolymodified binders laid and compacted flush to all adjoining levels. A hardstone granite aggregate is used in the surface course to ensure appropriate skid resistance to the surface when trafficked. A hot pour joint sealant is used to seal the joints to all the reconstructed areas to prevent any water ingress to the new structure.

Due to the continued access requirements during the works, we needed to close sections of the access road but still allowing traffic to pass so traffic management was an important consideration.
Whereas it is always easier to prepare larger areas at one time and reconstruct them accordingly, this luxury was not afforded to us! We needed to prepare a few sections and replace the tarmac on these areas opening up sections again for normal usage. It has been more time consuming to have to work in this manner but it has caused minimal inconvenience to 2 Excel Engineering who manage the airport, so they are very pleased with the way the programme of reconstruction has been run. The functionality and the appearance of the hard surfaces have been greatly enhanced without any impairment to their operational capacity.

An interesting and involved challenge, but nevertheless, Glenco has again brought Quality to the Surface!

December Blog

December has seen Glenco busy working on industrial estates and commercial areas, repairing and reinstating heavy duty drainage channels, concrete reinstatements and tarmac repairs. The heavy duty drainage channels used on the Ridgeway Trading Estate in Iver were no longer available in the UK, being made by Stora who only had European outlets available for supply. The importance of matching drainage runs with the same sized channels is obviously imperative. We tracked down a supplier in the Irish Republic who were able to ship us the required channel without much lead time, allowing for a seamless installation.

The macadam structures in heavily trafficked areas require the strongest compacted courses to support the type of vehicles using them. We have installed 20-32mm dense bituminous road base macadam at 80-90mm depth. The surface course, which require the strongest available materials, we have used a 10mm Stone Mastic Asphalt SMA with polymodified binders. This type of surface course is designed to cure very rapidly and to resist slow and static turning by heavy commercial vehicles, making it ideal for the anticipated usage. Edges are then sealed with hot bitumen sealant to prevent water ingress to the reinstatements, thus enhancing the longevity of the repair.

As with all Glenco repairs, such attention to detail, will always ensure that ‘Quality is brought to the surface’!

The rise in Popularity of coloured Tarmac

In the world of civil engineering, innovation is key to staying ahead of the curve. One exciting trend that has been gaining momentum in recent years is the use of coloured tarmacs and driveways. Traditionally, asphalt and concrete surfaces have been known for their uniform shades of grey, but the rising popularity of coloured alternatives is transforming the way we perceive and experience our outdoor spaces.

Aesthetic Appeal: Adding a Splash of Colour
Coloured tarmacs and driveways offer an immediate visual impact, turning mundane surfaces into vibrant features. Homeowners and businesses alike are embracing the opportunity to express their individuality through the use of various colours, patterns, and designs. This aesthetic enhancement not only elevates the overall look of a property but also contributes to a sense of pride and uniqueness.

Customization for Personalization: Tailoring Surfaces to Suit Preferences
Civil engineers now have access to a wide range of pigments and additives that allow for the customization of asphalt and concrete. This flexibility enables clients to choose colors that complement their architectural styles, landscaping, or corporate branding. Whether it’s a subtle earth tone or a bold statement hue, the ability to personalize driveways and tarmacs is reshaping the way we view infrastructure.

Durability and Functionality: Beyond Aesthetics
Beyond the visual appeal, coloured surfaces maintain the same durability and functionality as traditional pavements. The pigments used in these projects are specifically designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, UV exposure, and heavy traffic. This means that the vibrant aesthetics don’t compromise the long-term performance of the surface, making it a practical and stylish choice for various applications.

Sustainable Options: Eco-friendly Colours
As environmental consciousness continues to grow, so does the demand for sustainable building practices. Coloured tarmacs and driveways can be designed with eco-friendly considerations in mind. Water-based or low-VOC (volatile organic compound) pigments are available, aligning with the industry’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.

Safety Enhancements: Coloured Surfaces for Improved Visibility
Coloured driveways are not just about aesthetics; they can also serve practical purposes. Using contrasting colors for crosswalks, bike lanes, or pedestrian areas enhances visibility and safety. This application is especially relevant in urban planning and residential areas where a clear distinction between different zones is crucial for the well-being of pedestrians and cyclists.

The rise in the trend of coloured tarmacs and driveways is a testament to the ever-evolving nature of civil engineering. As technology and materials advance, the industry continues to find innovative ways to merge functionality with aesthetics. Coloured surfaces are not just a visual treat; they offer a unique opportunity for self-expression, environmental consideration, and enhanced safety. Whether it’s a residential driveway or a commercial parking lot, adding a splash of colour to our outdoor spaces is redefining the way we approach infrastructure design and construction.

Paving the Future: Innovations and Trends in Mastic Asphalt

In the dynamic world of civil engineering, innovation is the key to progress. As we stride into the future, the spotlight is on mastic asphalt – a versatile and durable paving material that continues to evolve. Join us on a journey as we explore the latest innovations and trends shaping the landscape of mastic asphalt in the construction industry.
1. Eco-Friendly Asphalt Mixtures: Sustainability is at the forefront of modern construction, and mastic asphalt is no exception. Engineers and researchers are tirelessly working on developing eco-friendly asphalt mixtures. These green formulations often incorporate recycled materials, such as reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and recycled tire rubber, reducing the environmental footprint of mastic asphalt applications.
2. Enhanced Durability and Longevity: The demand for longer-lasting infrastructure solutions has led to advancements in the durability of mastic asphalt. Innovations in polymer-modified binders and additives have resulted in improved resistance to wear, cracking, and deformation. This ensures that mastic asphalt surfaces can withstand heavy traffic loads and harsh weather conditions for an extended period.
3. Smart Pavements with Integrated Technology: Embracing the era of smart cities, mastic asphalt is integrating technology for enhanced functionality. Smart pavements may include features such as embedded sensors for real-time monitoring of traffic flow, temperature, and structural integrity. These innovations contribute to efficient maintenance and better decision-making in urban planning.
4. Noise-Reducing Asphalt Solutions: Mastic asphalt is making strides in addressing the issue of noise pollution in urban areas. Innovative mix designs that include open-graded or porous asphalt surfaces help mitigate road noise. This is particularly crucial in densely populated areas where reducing traffic noise contributes to a more livable environment.
5. Warm Mix Asphalt Technology: Traditional asphalt production involves high temperatures, consuming significant energy and emitting greenhouse gases. Warm mix asphalt (WMA) technology is revolutionizing the industry by allowing for the production and application of asphalt at lower temperatures. This not only reduces energy consumption but also enhances safety during construction.
6. Customizable Aesthetics and Colours: Mastic asphalt is no longer confined to the traditional black colour. Recent innovations allow for customizable aesthetics, including a variety of colours and surface textures. This opens up new possibilities for architects and urban planners to integrate mastic asphalt into design elements, creating visually appealing and functional spaces.
As mastic asphalt continues to evolve, it solidifies its position as a frontrunner in the world of civil engineering. From sustainable mixtures to smart pavements, the latest trends and innovations are shaping a future where infrastructure is not only robust and durable but also environmentally conscious and aesthetically pleasing. As we navigate the road ahead, the innovations in mastic asphalt pave the way for a more sustainable, resilient, and technologically advanced built environment. The journey is exciting, and the future looks paved with endless possibilities

The Rise of Sureset Resin Bound Driveways

In the realm of civil engineering and architectural innovation, the choice of driveway surface plays a pivotal role in not only enhancing curb appeal but also ensuring durability and longevity. Sureset resin bound driveways have been gaining immense popularity in recent times, standing out as a sophisticated and sustainable choice when compared to traditional surfaces. Let’s delve into the factors that contribute to the widespread acclaim of Sureset resin bound driveways in comparison to other alternatives.

1. Aesthetic Appeal:
Sureset resin bound driveways are renowned for their seamless, smooth finish that effortlessly blends with the surrounding environment. The wide range of colour options allows homeowners to customize their driveways, adding a touch of personalization to their property. Unlike traditional surfaces such as concrete or asphalt, Sureset driveways exude a contemporary aesthetic that elevates the overall look of any property.

2. Permeability and Sustainable Design:
One of the standout features of Sureset resin bound driveways is their permeability. The porous nature of the surface allows rainwater to drain through, preventing the formation of puddles and minimizing the risk of flooding. This eco-friendly attribute aligns with the growing emphasis on sustainable construction practices, making Sureset an environmentally conscious choice.

3. Durability and Low Maintenance:
Natratex resin bound driveways boast impressive durability, with resistance to cracks, potholes, and weed growth. Unlike traditional surfaces that may require frequent maintenance and repairs, Natratex driveways offer a low-maintenance solution that can withstand the test of time. This durability not only ensures a long lifespan but also contributes to cost-effectiveness in the long run.

4. Versatility in Design:
Sureset resin bound driveways provide unparalleled versatility in design, making them suitable for various architectural styles. Whether it’s a modern home, a classic estate, or a commercial property, Sureset driveways can be tailored to complement the overall aesthetic, offering a cohesive and visually appealing result.

5. Quick and Efficient Installation:
Compared to other driveway surfaces, Sureset resin bound driveways offer a relatively quick and efficient installation process. The resin-bound system allows for a seamless overlay on existing surfaces, reducing the need for extensive excavation and minimizing disruption to the property. Homeowners can enjoy their new driveway in a shorter timeframe, a significant advantage over other alternatives.

As the demand for innovative and sustainable construction solutions continues to rise, Suresetret in bound driveways have emerged as a frontrunner in the world of driveway surfaces. The combination of aesthetic appeal, permeability, durability, and versatility positions Sureset as a superior choice in comparison to traditional surfaces like concrete and asphalt. Embracing the popularity of Sureset resin bound driveways is not just a trend; it’s a testament to the evolving landscape of civil engineering, where style meets sustainability for a driveway that stands the test of time.