Resin-Bound Paving for Water Sensitive Urban Design

Urban Design

Water-sensitive urban design (WADI) features have gained significant popularity in recent years as sustainable and visually appealing solutions for managing stormwater runoff. Integrating innovative materials and techniques can further enhance the functionality and beauty of WADI features. One such material that offers a plethora of benefits is resin-bound paving. In this blog, we will explore why SureSet resin-bound paving is an excellent choice for WADI features, combining aesthetics, durability, and eco-friendliness.


One of the key attributes of resin-bound paving that makes it a perfect fit for WADI features is its permeability. Resin-bound surfaces allow water to permeate through the system and infiltrate the underlying soil, promoting natural drainage and reducing the risk of flooding. By facilitating effective stormwater management, resin-bound paving helps maintain the balance of local ecosystems and reduces the strain on traditional drainage systems.

Versatile Design Options:

Resin-bound paving offers extensive design options, allowing landscape architects and designers to create visually stunning WADI features. With various colours, textures, and aggregate choices, resin-bound surfaces can be customised to blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment or create unique focal points. Whether it's emulating natural stone or incorporating vibrant patterns, resin-bound paving offers endless creative possibilities, making WADI features both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

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Safety and Accessibility:

Another crucial aspect to consider when designing WADI features is safety and accessibility. Resin-bound paving provides a stable, slip-resistant surface, enhancing pedestrian safety. Its smooth, seamless finish eliminates the presence of loose stones or uneven surfaces, reducing the risk of trips and falls. Additionally, resin-bound surfaces can be designed to include contrasting colours or textured patterns to improve visibility for people with visual impairments, ensuring inclusivity and compliance with accessibility guidelines.

Low Maintenance and Durability:

WADI features often require materials that can withstand regular exposure to water, temperature fluctuations, and heavy foot traffic. Resin-bound paving is known for its durability and low maintenance requirements. It is resistant to UV radiation, preventing colour fading over time. The bound aggregate and resin matrix create a robust surface that can withstand vehicular and pedestrian use without compromising its integrity. Additionally, resin-bound paving is easy to clean, requiring minimal effort and no harsh chemicals.

Environmental Sustainability:

Resin-bound paving aligns with sustainability principles, making it an ideal choice for WADI features. The permeable nature of the surface reduces the need for extensive drainage systems, preserving natural water cycles. Moreover, resin-bound surfaces can be installed over existing concrete or asphalt, eliminating the need for excavation and reducing waste. The materials used in resin-bound paving are often sourced from recycled or locally available sources, further minimising the environmental impact.


SureSet resin-bound paving offers a multitude of advantages when it comes to enhancing WADI features. From its porosity and permeability to its versatile design options, resin-bound surfaces provide an attractive and sustainable solution for managing stormwater runoff. With safety, low maintenance, durability, and eco-friendliness as its pillars, resin-bound paving perfectly complements the goals of WADI design, creating harmonious urban spaces that balance functionality and aesthetics.

SureSet Resin Systems completed a WADI Feature with Global Partners Tanseeq LLC back in 2013, SureSet Directors revisited the completed project, Umm Emarat Park (formerly Mushrif Park), Abu Dhabi in June 2023 and it still looks incredible as much as it is very functional.

Case Study featuring WADI feature installed in Abu Dhabi; Global Partners; Tanseeq LLC.

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