The new visitor centre at Hengistbury Head, the stunning nature reserve near Bournemouth, was opened in February 2014 and we are proud to report that the outside area has been finished off in resin bound Terrabound (installed by our approved contractor Total Protection (GB) Ltd).
Hengistbury Head is acclaimed for its diversity of wildlife and geology and is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The land was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1990, as a commitment by the town of Bournemouth to conserving and enhancing the environment.
The council was looking for a decorative, durable surface that would withstand the coastal climate and offer a low maintenance option for the courtyard area. Due to the location it was important to ensure that the surface was permeable and free draining. Terrabound resin bound surfacing was chosen for its aesthetics, complementing the visitor centre timber building and its excellent porosity. Following some heavy rain experienced in the weeks following the surfacing installation, Jacqui Van Bommel, Landscape Officer at Bournemouth Borough Council, says that the surfacing is performing well.
‘The Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre has been open for the last six weeks. We’ve been very busy and the Terrabound looks as good as the day it was laid,” says Jacqui. “While the surrounding surfaces have been covered with water and mud, it is very gratifying to see lovely dry, clean golden Terrabound next to it.”
Jacqui continues: “The main courtyard previously used to flood regularly and, with our drainage interventions and the porosity of the Terrabound, I am very pleased with how the surface has performed so far, even with an extremely high water table.”
(images courtesy of Bournemouth Borough Council)
Bournemouth Borough Council