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The Trans Pennine Trail stretches 215 miles from Southport in the West to Hornsea in the East. There has never been anything to actually celebrate the end or beginning of the trail in Hornsea, only a seafront way marker similar to that at Southport.
The Hornsea Area Regeneration Partners (HARP) raised funding to develop a disused plot of land some 150 metres from the shore. Andrew Muddiman, Landscape Architect with East Riding of Yorkshire Council in consultation with HARP, the Town Council and local residents, designed a striking 'marker' based on a railway theme. The aim was to reflect the site's past and to provide, among other things, references to all locations along the trail's route. The ground surface design prominently features a large directional arrow pointing the way back in the direction of Southport, 215 miles away.
Andrew Muddiman said: “When I began researching material for the project, I started by looking at a variety of surfacing, from pavers to coloured macadams and concrete, along with resin bound materials. The resin bound surface treatments appeared more vibrant in colour and texture and, with the extensive range of material options, would fit comfortably alongside the pallet of other materials being used throughout the project”.
“Among the resin bound companies approached, SureSet appeared to be well ahead with its 7-year guarantee (now increased to 10 years). The colours and materials fitted with my scheme and what I was hoping to achieve, so I felt confident to include SureSet in my specifications”.
“Both the East Riding Clerk of Works for the site and I were equally impressed when visiting the site to monitor progress. We could see from the techniques being used and the thickness of materials being laid this would be a quality product”.
HARP is extremely pleased with the final outcome, as are local residents. In addition to natural gravel, over 1,000 SureSet formulations are available, including recycled glass in a variety of colours, imported marble or even plastic. From this range, Andrew Muddiman selected 6mm Autumn Tan gravel, 6mm Atlantic Blue Glass for the directional arrow, and 6mm Tuscan Terracotta for an adjacent railway track feature approaching the marker.
SureSet also installed 100 metres of metal edging to create the shapes, a facility that again increases scope for the imaginative designer.
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