Paving the Way to Excellence: Resin Bound Paving Innovations at the University of Birmingham Rail Station

Project Overview:

  • Application: bridge deck and ramp
  • Base: concrete
  • Area: 449m²
  • Colour: 6mm Aztec Gold & 6mm Tuscan Barley Butter
  • Depth: 18-35mm
  • Edges: aluminum
  • Installed: April 2021
  • Client: Volker Fitzpatrick

Introduction:

The University of Birmingham, a prestigious institution known for its commitment to excellence, embarked on a transformative project to upgrade its rail station. This case study explores the innovative use of resin bound paving in the construction of the new University of Birmingham Rail Station and highlights the numerous benefits this choice has brought to the project.

 

Background:

The University of Birmingham Rail Station serves as a crucial transportation hub, connecting the university campus to the city center and beyond. With an increasing number of students, faculty, and visitors relying on the station, the university recognised the need for a modern, efficient, and visually appealing transportation facility.

 

Challenges:

Several challenges were identified during the planning phase, including the need for a durable and low-maintenance paving solution that could withstand heavy foot traffic, provide a smooth surface for wheelchairs and luggage, and enhance the overall aesthetics of the station.

 

Solution: SureSet’s Resin Bound Paving

To address these challenges, the Chartered Construction projects team at Volker Fitzpatrick opted for resin bound paving as the primary surface material for various areas totaling to 449m² around the rail station including the bridge deck and ramps. Resin bound paving is a sustainable and versatile choice, consisting of a mixture of aggregate stones bound together with a clear UV-stable resin. The application of this paving solution presented several key benefits for the University of Birmingham Rail Station project.

“I just wanted to drop you a note to say that we officially opened the new University of Birmingham station yesterday on the 28th of January. It would not have been possible without your team’s involvement to get the project complete.

Thank you all for your hard work, incredible efforts, and contribution to the project. I think we can all agree that it is an exceptional looking facility. The end user, West Midlands Trains is delighted to be in and now using the station and for me personally, it has been incredibly satisfying watching people flow through the station yesterday and today.

Thank you again for your hard work and dedication to the project. Volker Fitzpatrick appreciates it and looks forward to delivering more with you in the future. Have a good rest of the day!”

Phil Wood MCIOB - Senior Project Manager

 

Benefits of Resin Bound Paving:

 

Durability and Low Maintenance:

Resin bound paving is highly durable, providing a robust surface that can withstand heavy pedestrian traffic, luggage carts, and other transportation-related activities. Its seamless and bound but porous nature makes it resistant to weeds, ensuring low maintenance costs over time.

 

Accessibility and Safety:

The smooth and even surface of resin bound paving enhances accessibility for all users, including those with mobility challenges. Wheelchair users, pedestrians, and cyclists can navigate the station comfortably, contributing to a safer and more inclusive transportation environment.

 

Aesthetics and Customisation:

SureSet resin bound paving allows for a wide range of aggregate colours and sizes, offering endless design possibilities with bespoke blends. In the case of the University of Birmingham Rail Station, the chosen colour scheme and aggregate mix of 6mm Tuscan Barley Butter and 6mm Aztec Gold complemented the surrounding architecture, creating a visually appealing and cohesive aesthetic that aligns with the university's brand.

 

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly:

The use of SureSets resin bound paving aligns with the university's commitment to sustainability. The materials are sourced responsibly, and the permeable nature of the surface promotes natural drainage, reducing the risk of surface water runoff and contributing to an eco-friendlier transportation hub.

 

Quick Installation and Minimal Disruption:

Resin bound paving can be installed relatively quickly, minimising disruption to the station's operations. This efficient installation process was crucial in ensuring that the rail station remained operational throughout the construction period, with minimal inconvenience to passengers and staff.

Conclusion:

The incorporation of resin bound paving in the construction of the new University of Birmingham Rail Station has proven to be a wise decision. The numerous benefits, including durability, accessibility, aesthetics, sustainability, and quick installation, have collectively contributed to the success of the project. As the station continues to serve as a vital transportation link for the university community and beyond, the use of resin bound paving stands as a testament to West Midlands Trains commitment to innovation, sustainability, and creating a welcoming environment for all.

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