Pool Surround, Portugal


The Santo António Villas, Golf & Spa Resort (previously known as Parque da Floresta) is situated on the far West of the Algarve amongst hilly landscapes.  The resort located near the historic town of Lagos, Portugal opened in 1987.  It was designed by Pepe Gancedo who was one of Spain’s most famous Architects and has no two holes the same which attracts golfers to return again and again.


No 18, Santo António Villas was the first installation for Go Diamond Services.  Along with the support of Operations Director – Dan Heydon, Head of Global & Trade Marketing – Joni Withers from SureSet and Installer – Robson Lloyd, the villa’s pool surround, pathways and steps were transformed.  The surface was originally installed using tiles, however these were unattractive and left puddling on the surface.  GO Diamond Services were appointed to install resin bound paving to the rear of the villa to create a seamless beach effect which was aesthetically pleasing and assisted with the water drainage.


This project included many different techniques which can be achieved using SureSet resin bound paving.  The whole surface was first covered in primer and CRM (crack reduction membrane) to provide additional support to the tiled base below.  The surround of the pool was laid in 3mm Popcorn along with a frame created with aluminium edging and 3mm Bronze Medal, a flower design was also installed using the flexible aluminium edging and colours from the Spectrum Range.


The glitter used within some of the blends glistens in the sun giving the surfacing an extra feature.  Step risers were completed in the UK and cut to size on site then installed with the nosings and treads.  Access to the pool heater was laid using Winter Frost FlexiSet and the pathways surrounding the pool finish off the journey from indoors to out.  Not only does the villa have smooth and foot friendly paving solution, but it now stands out from the neighbouring properties.

In 2020 the EcoBatcher will save a project of this size 160 single-use plastic buckets!

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