Latest News on Resin Bound and bonded driveways and paths in Birmingham West Midlands and around the UK

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The Rising Popularity of Resin Bound and Bonded Driveways

In addition to working on large commercial projects, we regularly carry out domestic projects and large projects from housing developments. Resin bonded and resin bound surfaces continue to rise in popularity as awareness of the many benefits and life expectancy of these installations.

In recent times, resin bound and bonded driveways have become increasingly more commonplace as they can be laid directly over existing concrete or tarmac, without the need for excavations – this makes for a fast and cost effective installation. Once finished, the surface is flexible and resistant to cracking, making it an ideal system for withstanding heavy vehicles.

Another important consideration for driveways is drainage. In heavy rains, it’s important that large puddles do not build up near a house, as this could potentially lead to flooding or damage to the property. Resin bound and bonded surfaces are smooth and seamless, yet porous/semi porous, allowing water to permeate through. Incorporating a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS), resin bound or bonded driveways allow water to pass directly through to the underlying substrate, preventing the need to install a costly drainage system.

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We recently carried out installations for a high-end housing development on behalf of Blossom Homes. We installed driveways for three new builds in all, adding up to 500sqm. For each property, we used 2-5mm aggregate, in a mixture of natural, sandy colours to contrast with the red brick of the houses.

To learn more about the benefits of resin bonded and resin bound driveways, please feel free to browse our website, or call our friendly and knowledgeable team on 0121 766 8705. If you have a project in mind, simply arrange a free, no obligation meeting to discuss your requirements.


Coventry University Starts the New Academic Year with Resin Bound Systems

Located in central England, Coventry University is a public research university, previously known as Lanchester Polytechnic up until 1987. With more than 21,690 current students and 120 undergraduate courses to choose from, it has been placed 13th in The Guardian University League Tables for 2019.


Our team recently completed work on behalf of Coventry University to revamp their campus exterior with our 18mm resin bound system in a chocolate mix. This new surface will provide an attractive, hardwearing and low maintenance ground, which is particularly important when operating a campus with heavy footfall for students, staff and visitors.

What is a Resin Bound System?

A Resin Bound pathway will provide an anti-slip surface for students hurrying to their next lecture, with the appearance of loose stone for a natural finish. The process is a two part scatter system where the resin is spread either onto tarmac or concrete and then gravel is scattered as a top layer. Once it is all cured, the excess gravel will be swept away for a smooth result.


Resin Bound Systems are also suitable for driveways and patios, as they are quick and easy to install and less expensive that alternative systems. Both resin bound and resin bonded surfaces are hardwearing, low maintenance result that will keep your property looking tidy throughout the years, with an anticipated life expectancy of 8-15 years.

How Will This Benefit the University?

With a high volume of students running through the campus 24 hours a day, every day, with late night library trips, fast exchanges between classes and general socialising, you need a strong and durable surface. By strong we mean something that can handle the heavy, daily footfall and still look presentable.


If you’re looking into Resin Bound surfaces, here are the key benefits that Coventry University will also gain:

  • Low maintenance exterior meaning lower costs
  • Presentable exterior throughout all the seasons
  • Decorative natural appearance
  • Wide choice of finishes to choose from
  • A hard wearing and resilient surface
  • A Fixed, anti-slip surface for safety
  • Can be applied to a number of surfaces

Getting Started

At Midland Decorative Surfaces, we work with homeowners and businesses throughout the country to provide professional installation of all types of Resin Bound and Bonded gravel surfaces at competitive prices.


To get started, we offer a free no obligation meeting with a member of our staff to discuss your project requirements, to help you make a clear decision. To arrange your meeting, get in touch today by calling 0121 766 8705 or complete our form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

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New Walkway Surfacing at Manchester Airport Memorial

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Midland Decorative Surfaces are delighted to have completed an important project in the North West of England for our friends at Manchester Airport.

Manchester Airport MemorialOur specialist team installed a network of pathways as part of the recently unveiled Memorial Garden at the airport, created in remembrance of the 55 people who lost their lives in the tragic 1985 Manchester Airport Disaster.

As a specialist project requiring a high quality of finish, a network of resin bound pathways were laid to connect the gardens and main memorial area using an attractive and durable Rhine Gold surfacing. In total, our team installed 275 square meters of walkway to complete the application.

The installation was completed in time for the official opening of the Memorial Garden on Wednesday 22nd August 2018. The team at Midland Decorative Surfaces are proud and honoured to have played a part in remembering those who lost their lives.


Why use Resin Bound Surfacing?

For outdoor projects such as this one, resin bound surfacing offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional surfacing materials and is highly customisable. The durable qualities of such installations means that finished surfaces require a low level of maintenance, are environmentally friendly, and offer a reliable long-term solution especially for areas that experience high footfall.

Both Resin Bound and Bonded Surfaces can be implemented on a wide range of base surfaces including gravel and treated concrete and, as was the case with this project, works can usually be finished and ready for use in less than a week, reducing operational disruption significantly.


Get in touch to find out more

Midland Decorative Surfaces Ltd has installed numerous resin bound and bonded surfacing applications, with our portfolio including projects for the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, Silverstone Racetrack and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London.

We pride ourselves on creating beautiful long-lasting surfaces that offer the perfect solutions for domestic and public projects. For a no obligation estimate, or to find out more about the services we can offer to your premises, please call us today on 0121 766 8705, or email:


How Resin Bound Surfaces Resist Weather Damage

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The recent hot weather across the UK may have been a welcome relief after a long British winter, but high temperatures and other extreme weather can have a marked effect on the external surfaces in our homes and workplaces. Traditional materials such as brickwork and concrete can be damaged during periods of exceptional weather including heatwaves, heavy rain, snowfall or below-zero temperatures, causing cracking and waterlogging on surfaces such as driveways. Fortunately, there are a range of modern surfacing systems that are far more resistant to seasonal weather conditions, one of the most popular being Resin Bound Surfaces.


Here we look at the benefits of Resin Bound installations, and why their composition offers more resistance to the damage caused by the weather.

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UV stable

Resin Bound Surfaces can be treated at the time of installation to be UV stable, meaning that the new surface will be better protected from sun damage. This helps to reduce cracking or warping during a period of hot weather and can also lower the rate of discolouration.



Resin Bound installations are manufactured to offer a very high level of porosity. This is very useful in times of heavy rainfall as the effects of water pooling are reduced considerably, promoting easy run- off and better drainage.



Due to its high porosity, Resin Bound Surfaces are far more resistant to the degradation and damage caused by heavy freeze and thaw cycles. This makes them a fantastic option for use in areas with harsher winters and greater exposure to the elements.



The gravel-like texture of Resin Bound Surfaces means it has a far greater slip resistance than other materials when conditions are particularly wet or icy. This is particularly useful when applied to surfaces used primarily as a driveway or walkway.


Find out more

Midland Decorative Surfaces Ltd has installed numerous resin bound and bonded surfacing applications for educational facilities, with our portfolio including projects for Oxford Brookes University, Warwick University, Birmingham University, Sheffield University and York University.

We pride ourselves creating beautiful long-lasting surfaces that offer the perfect solutions for domestic and public projects. For a no obligation estimate, or to find out more about the services we can offer, please call us today on 0121 766 8705, or email:

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Resin Bound Footpaths for New Telford Developments

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Telford was developed as a new town in the 1960s and 1970s on what was once industrial and agricultural land and just a collection of small towns. Today, Telford is a growing town with an estimated population of 142,723 and an array of sites to visit. But still being a fairly new town means the developments continue as more additions are made to the community.


One such addition is a new Travelodge for local visitors and a new retail park to bring in business. When we began both projects we were set the task of creating a footpath that was hard wearing and long lasting, so it could manage the heavy footfall which was soon to come without causing damage.


Travelodge surfaceResin Bound Footpaths for Telford

To achieve this, we created a 3mm resin bound footpath in Autumn Gold, as you can see in the photo above. Resin bound surface applications are very durable and barely require any maintenance. Their life spans will vary depending on how they are used, but are known to last an exceptional 8-15 years.


The feel of a resin bound surface is very smooth and seamless, which makes it both comfortable to walk on and aesthetically pleasing. Being a strong, semi porous driveway also allows it to be resistant to cracking, for long lasting results you can trust.


The Final Product

As a result, we proudly presented exactly what both clients had asked for. In the photo above, you can see the newly paved resin bound footpath for Telford’s new Travelodge hotel.


It keeps up with their fresh, clean exterior and guides visitors directly to the hotel entrance. The cool, Autumn Gold colour provides a calm, clear presence that blends well with the landscape’s colour palette.


Over the years, Telford will not need to worry about the impact of the heavy footfall coming to the new hotel and retail park, as resin bound footpaths are designed to last.


For more information on our resin bound surfaces, whether it’s for a new driveway, path, patio or as part of a landscaping scheme, visit our website.

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Creative Surfacing Systems

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Resin bound and resin bonded systems are not only long lasting and suitable for practically any surfacing project, from driveways and footpaths, to housing, retail or office developments and landscaping schemes. In addition to being hardwearing and easy to install, one of the biggest drawers of resin surfacing systems is the almost unlimited array of decorative finishes.

Here are some of the more interesting decorative surface projects that we have worked on in recent years:

Driveway, Stratford

For this project in Stratford, Warwickshire, our client wanted their driveway to be split into two sections in contrasting colours to create an eye-catching, yet still restrained finish. For the bulk of the driveway, we installed a resin bound system using sandy coloured gravel, with a rectangular portion instead finished in a grey aggregate. To create neat boundaries and separate the two sections of driveway, we installed cobblestones of a darker grey than the aggregate.

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Driveway, Knowle

Your driveway is often one of the first chances that you get to make a strong impression on anyone that visits your home. A client in Knowle, near Solihull, chose to welcome visitors to their home with a bold choice of colour for their driveway. We installed a resin bound surfaces in rhine gold aggregate, fitting in with the fold them of their home exterior.

resin bound driveway

Apartment Complex, Barrow in Furness

We were proud be part of a 5 million pound investment in Barrow in Furness, installing an extensive walkway system at the Maritime Apartments complex of 318 self-contained living spaces. We were called upon to lay 2,400 square meters of Chinese Bauxite, forming a striking walkway through the communal gardens at the centre of the complex.

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Hospital Courtyard, Wythenshawe Hospital

In 2016, we were excited to be a part of a BALI award winning landscape project at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester. Our part in the project was to create a colourful and child friendly surface for the hospital courtyards. We used a combination of coloured gravels to create a sea themed surface finish.

BALI landscape project

Barry Island Sea Front

In 2015, we worked on a major redevelopment of the Barry Island seafront, near Cardiff. During the project, the old tarmac pathways were replaced with a new resin bound surfacing system in a sandy and red design, making an extremely visual impact.

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Barry Island resin bound

MediaCityUK, Manchester

Another large project we worked on was the development of the recreational areas and pathways for MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester. To create the recreational area with outdoor eating and drinking facilities, we used a combination of silver grey granite and orange aggregate to create an eye catching design. We installed a resin bonded system where grey formed the base coloured, with orange aggregate forming large contrasting areas in various shapes.

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If you have a project in mind where you would like to create a creative, aesthetically pleasing and durable surface, call us today on 0121 766 8705.




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Resin Bound Footpaths for a Client in Manchester

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Within the increasing popularity of resin bound and resin bonded surfacing systems as opposed to more traditional surfaces such as gravel, paving stones and asphalt, we regularly work with landscaping and maintenance companies to deliver a long lasting and aesthetically pleasing solution for footpaths, driveways, car parks and landscaping scenes.

Manchester resin bound

We recently completed a project in Manchester on behalf of commercial landscape and maintenance contracting company DGS. We were tasked with providing resin bound surfacing for a footpath of 430sqm – in contrast with the grass and foliage that stand either side of the path, we used an attractive golden pea gravel.


Why resin bound?

Resin bound surfacing is a seamless surfacing system, where gravel is mixed with a flexible resin and then applied to the existing surface. When finished, resin bound surfaces have a smooth, great looking and anti-slip finish. A wide variety of finishes are available, from mixed coloured gravel, to incorporating logos or patterns into the resin surface.


Not only are resin bound footpaths aesthetically pleasing, but they generally last between eight and fifteen years, with very little need for maintenance. This type of surfacing is porous, so water can permeate naturally through the surface, removing the need to invest in expensive drainage systems.


At Midland Decorative Surfaces Ltd, our key personnel have more than 30 years of experience in installing attractive and hard-wearing surfaces across the UK. To arrange a free, no obligation meeting with our team, please call 0121 766 8705 or send us your contact details via our website.


Resin Bound Surfacing for Kingsmere Community Centre

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Resin bound surfaces are great if you need a surface that’s durable, low maintenance and presentable, all while experiencing high traffic from heavy footfall and various vehicles. The resin bound is a mix of gravel and resin that, when combined, creates a forced action mixer. As a result, it creates a hardwearing surface that’s both speedy and cost effective to install.


We were recently asked to apply a resin bound surface for the new Kingsmere Community Centre in Bicester, on behalf of RDS Construction. Kingsmere is a modern village, established just outside of Bicester. By adding a Community and Youth Centre, the board are hoping it will bring residents closer together next Spring after the grand opening.


As part of the Community Centre they are planning to include a convenience store, four other retail units and a day nursery, so there is something to interest everybody in the community. This also means that it will attract heavy footfall, something that the surrounding area should be able to manage, with minimal damage and maintenance.


The design of the new surface used 6mm Danish Quartz for a natural, calm aesthetic. The project was completed over 120 sqm with eleven tree pits in a matching stone. This helped to keep the design consistent and tie it all together for a clean and symmetrical feel.


When the job was completed everyone involved was delighted with the result, as it suited the desired design perfectly. The resin bound system was a great choice as it is crack resistant and can be applied to most surfaces, including old concrete and tarmac, making the installation process even easier.


Resin bound surfaces are perfect for driveways, pedestrian walks, housing developments, heritage sites, footbridges, cycle paths and retail units, just to name a few. Depending on the use, its lifespan can also spread from 8 to 15 years as it’s so hardwearing.


It also provides an anti-slip surface for busy areas and comes in a wide choice of finishes, to fit your style of landscape. For more information on resin bonded surfacing, get in touch with our friendly team on 0121 766 8705.

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Back to School: A Functional Resurfacing Project at Tudor Grange Academy

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We are delighted to have completed a recent installation at an educational site in Worcestershire, achieving an attractive and practical result for the client.


Tudor Grange AcademyThe team laid a total of 90 square metres of specially chosen 6mm Rhine Gold surfacing on the exterior walkways at the Tudor Grange Academy in Worcester.


Tudor Grange is a comprehensive school based to the north east of Worcester city centre, offering capacity for 1,130 pupils, including 200 members of their sixth form.


The new surfacing was laid as part of a brand-new bike rack installation to be used by pupils and teachers at the school. This new facility will allow hundreds of cycles to be safely parked at the academy.


Resin bound Rhine Gold surfacing was chosen for this project as it is highly durable and weather resistant, offering a long-term solution that could easily be set alongside the new bike rack systems and the existing concrete walkways that surround the site.


Resin Bound Surfacing

Resin bound surfacing represents a cost-effective alternative to the more traditional surfacing materials, with the added bonus that it is highly customisable and can be used to form a wide range of designs. It also requires a very low level of maintenance, is environmentally friendly, and can be developed for use with a large range of decorative styles.


Resin Bound and Bonded Surfaces are suitable for use on most base surfaces, including gravel and treated concrete, and even the largest projects can usually be completed within a couple of days, causing minimal disruption.


Find out more

Midland Decorative Surfaces Ltd has installed numerous resin bound and bonded surfacing applications for educational facilities, with our portfolio including projects for Oxford Brookes University, Warwick University, Birmingham University, Sheffield University and York University.


We pride ourselves creating beautiful long-lasting surfaces that offer the perfect solutions for domestic and public projects. For a no obligation estimate, or to find out more about the services we can offer to your school, college or university, please call us today on 0121 766 8705, or email: