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Projects at Barry Island Beachfront and Walsall Arboretum This Month

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The month of February will be a busy month for Midland Decorative Surfaces as we will be involved in a number of large resin bound and resin bonded surfacing projects throughout the UK. We have been contracted to undertake a large surfacing job on the Barry Island beachfront, near Cardiff, as well as another sizeable project at the Walsall Arboretum.


Barry Island Beachfront
Our project in Barry Island is scheduled to start at the beginning of the month and is set to be finished by the end of March. With the existing tarmac pathways across the beachfront in need of repair, we have been contracted to replace this with a resin bound surfacing system, using Addagrip Terrabound Trent Stone aggregate.


Resin bound surfacing provides an aesthetically pleasing, safe and hardwearing surface that is ideal for busy pathways. Barry Island is a popular area to tourists and is well known for its beach, attracting large numbers of visitors every year. Whilst resin bound surfacing has the appearance of a traditional decorative gravel pathway, as the aggregate is set in special resin, it provides a fixed, anti-slip and low maintenance surface.


In addition to its great appearance, resin bound surfacing also provides a highly cost effective solution for the Barry Island beachfront pathways. Due to its long lasting life expectancy, and very low maintenance costs, resin bound surfacing systems provide a much cheaper option than block paved and tarmacked surfaces.


Walsall Arboretum


We are scheduled to complete a large project at the Walsall Arboretum by the end of February. For this project, we will be providing resin bonded surfacing in Addagrip Terrabound Trent Stone for much of the pathways around the Arboretum. Like Barry Island beachfront, the Walsall Arboretum, covering an area of over 80 acres, also attracts high volumes of visitors throughout the year. Like resin bound systems, resin bonded surfacing also provides a pathway that is safe and anti-slip, aesthetically pleasing, hardwearing and low maintenance.


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Why Choose Resin Bound Surfacing Over Block Paving For Your London Home

Whilst block paving has been hugely popular for London driveways for many years, resin bound surfacing is quickly taking over as the top choice or residential surface paving. So what are the main reasons to choose resin bound surfacing over traditional block paving? :


Firstly, resin bound surfacing systems are a much cheaper option than block paving. On many occasions, this particular surface is as much as half the price of a professional block paving job, whilst still looking fantastic.


Whereas in many cases, the choice of different colours and finishes in block paving is somewhat limited, this isn’t the case with resin bound surfaces, which can be provided in a considerable number of colours and finishes. Due to the vast choice in different aggregate materials available, and the ability to mix different aggregates to create unique colour patterns, resin bound systems can create a highly decorative, yet natural looking appearance.


Whereas it is likely that any existing surface would need to be dug up to be able to lay block paving properly, resin bound surfaces can be laid on top of any stable base. Whereas extras costs may be incurred when contractors dig up your old surface to install block paving, this is not the case for resin bound driveways, paths and patios. Surfaces such as concrete or even timber or steel decking are ideal for resin bound surfaces. Should a concrete or tarmac surface be damaged, they can easily be repaired to be made suitable for a resin bonded surface.


One of the biggest benefits of choosing resin bound surfacing for your London home rather than block paving, is that it takes very little maintenance. It is highly unlikely that a resin bound system will require repairing during its lifespan, and it is very easy to keep clean and presentable. Resin surfaces can be cleaned simply by scrubbing with detergents, and using a pressure washer on a low setting. Resin bound surfacing also prevents weeds from growing through, whereas block paving is very prone to this and requires regular maintenance.

Life Expectancy

In many cases, resin bound surfacing systems can be expected to last from 8 to 15 years, depending on its usage. In many cases, this is much longer than the time that block paving is expected to last, especially on a busy driveway.

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What is the difference between resin bound and resin bonded surfacing systems?

As well as resin bound surfacing, resin bonded surfacing systems are also an effective and popular alternative to block paving. Whilst both systems look very similar, the installation process is different. Whereas resin bound surfacing is made by mixing aggregate in with resin before applying to the base surface, the resin bonded process involves first applying resin bond to the base surface, before then scattering aggregate over this.

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The Benefits of a Resin Bonded Surfacing System for your Path or Driveway

For many decades, gravel has been a popular choice for large driveways, pathways and patio areas throughout Britain, with various colours of aggregate used to provide an attractive entrance to a house or commercial building. However, there are some negatives to using loose gravel for driveways and paths:


  • Loose gravel and aggregate can be a trip hazard
  • As loose gravel is not kept in place, a gravel driveway or pathway can require a lot of maintenance. For a surface that is used regularly, whether walked or driven on, gravel must be raked or brushed on a regular basis to make sure that it stays neat, tidy and on an even level.


If you want to achieve the appearance of a gravel driveway but are put off by the associated negative elements, you should choose a resin bonded surfacing system for your drive or pathway. A resin bonded drive provides similar aesthetics to a traditional gravel drive, but is a far safer, lower maintenance and harder wearing surface, devoid of the problems commonly associated with loose gravel. With an anti-slip surface, a resin bonded system can be applied to numerous surfaces and is an equally excellent solution for a footpath or a large driveway.

resin bonded drive

What is a resin bonded surfacing system?


To achieve the appearance of a traditional gravel surface, a specialist resin is spread onto a concrete or tarmac surface, before gravel is scattered evenly on top. As it lays on the resin, the aggregate is bonded together, creating a solid, non-slip surface. Once the resin is cured and set, any excess gravel can then be swept away, leaving a neat and tidy appearance. To achieve this appearance from loose aggregate would take regular maintenance.


In addition to being relatively maintenance free, a resin bonded drive has a lengthy life expectancy. Depending on the nature of your resin bonded surface, whether it is used as a driveway, or a pathway, and how often it is used, it can last between 8 and 15 years before having to be repaired or replaced.


Due to the vast array of different natural and recycled aggregates that are readily available, resin bonded surface systems can be used for many applications, providing a quirky alternative standard tarmac, block paving, or even concrete drives, pathways or patios. Resin bonded surfaces are increasingly common in:


  • Car parks
  • Garage floors
  • Pedestrian walkways and areas
  • Patios
  • Stonework
  • Block paving and paving slabs


Midland Decorative Surfaces Ltd can provide professional installation of all types of resin bonded aggregate surfaces for a wide range of applications. To find out more information about our services, you can visit or call us on 0121 766 8705 to arrange a free, no obligations meeting with a member of our team.



Back at the Botanical Gardens with our Resin Bound Systems

So far the autumn and winter have been mild, which means we’ve been able to press ahead and complete the projects which the snow and ice may have otherwise held up.  Take for instance this latest project completed at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Yes, we’re back there again!  After successfully finishing a resin bound walkway outside the Arid greenhouse at the Botanical Gardens, we returned to carry out another project.resin bound system

This time it was the turn of the rock garden steps.  Firstly, we concreted over the area and then it was laid in a resin bound system, using 5mm Rhine gold mix aggregate, to match the footpath area around the Arid House.

Why did we use a resin bound system?

  • It is ideal for footpaths that experience a high volume of traffic
  • It creates a smooth, hard wearing surface
  • It has an anti-slip finish which makes it ideal for footpaths and other walkways
  • Though it looks like the stones are loose, the resin bound system ensures that everything stays in place and the footpath will remain tidy and safe for up to fifteen years.

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens offer a green and tranquil landscape just one and a half miles outside of Birmingham city centre.  With vibrant plants and flowers, lively birdhouses and tropical greenhouses to take in, there is something for everyone at this popular tourist attraction.

Next time you visit, take a look at your feet and you might just recognise the handy work of Midland Decorative Surfaces in the footpaths you are walking on.

To find out more about this project or the benefits of resin bound footpaths please contact us today on 0121 766 8705.




Resin Bound Surfacing Project for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

We are proud to have recently completed a resin bound surfacing project for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which is located just one and half miles outside of Birmingham City Centre, in Edgbaston. The gardens were first opened almost 200 years ago and span 15 acres.


We were contracted to provide new surfacing for a footpath outside of the Garden’s Arid House. The new ground surfacing was laid in a resin bound system, using 5mm Rhine gold mix aggregate.


The Arid House is a glasshouse that is built to house plants that thrive in climates with a very low and irregular rainfall, as well as plants that grow in dry locations such as cliffs or tree branches, such as Cacti and other plants that survive in harsh environments.


Resin bound surfacing is ideal for a footpath for a venue such as the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which is host to large numbers of visitors throughout the year. Resin bound surfacing creates a smooth, hardwearing walkway with an anti-slip finish. Aggregate is mixed with a resin and then covered by a clear polyurethane binder, preventing any loose gravel from creating slipping hazards.


Rhine gold mix aggregate was chosen to create a natural looking surface that matches the dry, desert-like environment that the plants in the Arid House require. Whilst the aggregate may look like loose, sandy stones, typical of a dry landscape, the resin bound system ensures that they will stay in place, leaving a tidy and safe walkway for up to 15 years.


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Midland Decorative Surfaces Acquire Membership to CHAS

Midland Decorative Surfaces are proud to have acquired membership to The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS).  This is a non-commercial government run scheme and has been developed over time by local government and Health and Safety professionals. CHAS is not only the largest Health and Safety assessment scheme in the United Kingdom but also the fastest growing.


The process for our customers of deciding on a contractor can be a lengthy process, especially when it comes into assessing the health and safety credentials of a company. However, contractors with CHAS accreditation can automatically be seen to comply with government health and safety laws.


Being a member of CHAS has a number of benefits:

  • It demonstrates our compliance with health and safety laws as well as continuing to improve our company health and safety practices
  • It reduces the need to submit multiple health and safety questionnaires to our clients
  • It helps us to avoid being assessed as health and safety compliant by one employer, but not by another
  • It gives us the chance to be considered for some contracts that previously we may not have been shortlisted for
  • Essentially, CHAS accreditation helps us to save time and money for all parties


At Midland Decorative Surfaces keeping an excellent health and safety record is of great importance to us and is vital to our continued success. By gaining membership to CHAS, we are able to publicly acknowledge our dedication to working safely and responsibly on all projects.


Having worked with a wide variety of organisations in the past, we hope that with our membership to CHAS we will be able to continue to win large contracts and continue to develop our health and safety practices.


To find out more about the work that we do at Midland Decorative Surfaces, and to learn more about resin bound and bonded surfaces, you can visit



Resin Bonded Surfacing Project for MediaCityUK, Manchester

We are currently in the process of providing resin bonded surfacing at MediaCityUK, a waterside property development in Salford and Trafford, Greater Manchester, principally occupied by media organisations and the University of Salford.


We are contracted to complete a 2 phase operation to convert disused car parking facilities located within the MediaCity UK TV studio complex into a recreational area with outdoor eating and drinking facilities. For phase 1 of the project, which we recently completed, we were required to lay 3500m² of resin bonded surfacing, incorporating 2 colours:


• 1-3mm Silver Grey Granite
• Orange aggregate


Silver Grey Granite provides the main base colour for the resin bonded surfaces, whilst orange aggregate provide large splashes of contrasting colour. Resin bonded surfacing provides the appearance of loose gravel, but without the required maintenance and slip hazards.


For phase 2 of the project, we will be providing resin bonded surfacing for a pathway that
will run alongside an astro-turf area between studios and production facilities where a wide range of programmes for BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky are filmed and produced. It is likely that many stars of British television will walk this pathway once it is completed.


We are proud to be the main exterior surface contractor for MediaCityUK. Resin bound and bonded gravel surfacing systems can be applied to most surfaces in a relatively short period, minimising any disruption to our clients, and making Midlands Decorative Surfaces an ideal choice to provide decorative surfaces for MediaCityUK and other busy property developments. Resin bonded surfaces are also an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly surfacing that are practically maintenance free.


Phase 1 MediaCityUK

For more information on resin bound and resin bonded surfacing, or to find out about other projects that we have been involved in, you can visit